Extreme cold is detrimental to both you and your home's plumbing. When you lose the use of your home heating system to broken parts, it has to be repaired right away when temperatures bottom out outside. Both your life and the well-being of your home's plumbing are at serious risk. You could freeze to death, your plumbing could explode and create tons of water damage. If you have a bit of a wait for an HVAC repair technician, here are some simple ways to keep you and your pipes warm until the technician arrives to make repairs.
Electric Heating Blankets and Heating Pads
Keep yourself warm with electric heating blankets. If most of your plumbing has enough room around the pipes, you could try wrapping the pipes with these blankets as well. If the spaces around the pipes are too short or too narrow for the blankets, try heating pads, which are often small enough to fit in tight spaces.
Electric Space Heaters
Electric space heaters are preferential to oil or gas heaters, as the oil and gas ones require ventilation to prevent building up toxins and CO2 in the air around you. Just make sure that any electric space heaters you put near your pipes to keep them warm are not receiving a steady drip of water. Place these heaters as close to the plumbing as you can without allowing them to get wet.
Lots of Layers
This is the one thing you and your plumbing has in common. If you wrap yourself and the pipes in layers, all will go well with you. The plumbing will survive if you use insulation foam. Use the thickest plumber's foam you can get, with the highest "R" value you can buy. After you have finished wrapping all of your pipes, wrap yourself in as many layers as you can. From long underwear to sweaters and sweatpants to sub-zero parkas and snow pants, you can manage to stay just as cozy as your pipes until the repair technician arrives to fix your furnace.
Monitor Your Pipes Overnight
While you bundle up to stay warm and try to sleep, it is still a good idea to check on your plumbing. Despite all of your steps to prevent frozen pipes when you lack a functional heating system, some freezing could still occur overnight. Check every few hours to make sure the pipes are still okay. Run and flush faucets and toilets at the same time, turning hot water on first, and then turning the hot water off last. Doing so will help keep the pipes at an even temperature.
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