7 Steps to Reduce the Risk of Frozen Pipes

Few of us have forgotten last year’s winter. Even places that usually escape the worst of winter’s chill felt its effects in 2015. Many churches found themselves cleaning up messes caused by burst pipes—not only a costly experience, but also one that can put a ministry on hold.

Just because you experienced the nightmare of frozen pipes last year doesn’t mean your church has to again this year. Now is the time to put a plan in place that can help ease the impact of another winter, regardless of how cold it might be.

Here are seven things you can do to keep water where it belongs this winter.

  1. Shut out cold air: Insulate your pipes with foam or rubber sleeves to keep them from freezing.
  2. Watch the thermostat: Maintain a building temperature of at least 55 degrees.
  3. Use the drip tip: Let your faucets drip to keep water moving.
  4. Protect your investments: Take the proper steps to safeguard the sprinkler system that protects your building during a fire. Call your installer to winterize the system.
  5. Stop by for a visit: If your church sits empty for days at a time, stop by periodically to check the building temperature and the status of the water pipes.
  6. Don’t neglect what’s empty: Winterize buildings that stand vacant during winter months. Drain pipes and appliances; shut off the water supply; and apply nontoxic antifreeze, when appropriate.
  7. Stay alert: Install water alarms to alert you when water goes where it doesn’t belong. Some alarms are equipped to call, text, or email you when there’s a problem.

Help eliminate unwanted surprises this winter by keeping your buildings warm and insulted. Spend time where you’re need most rather than cleaning up the mess from frozen water pipes.