Good Advice: Leave Faucets Dripping & Check Vents, Crawl Space Doors

ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – With the cold weather outside, many people will be staying inside to try to keep warm.  It’s better to plan ahead for the weather now and one thing you can’t ignore are the pipes under your house.

“The classic thing – leave a little water running in the house, somewhere, at least one spot, maybe two.  If you’ve got a long house, bathroom one end, bathroom at the other, I’d leave it running in both bathrooms, just a little bit,” said John Stockton with the City of Athens.

Best keep that tiny stream of water running overnight.

“The biggest problems are houses have an air space underneath them, the wind blowing through that airspace,” Stockton said.

With cold wind blowing on metal pipes, it won’t take long for the water to freeze.

“If the wind can go under your house, it can go through an open vent,” said Stockton.  “It can go through a crack in your foundation, any kind of access door that’s been left open.”

Take the time to walk around your house, close the vents and the crawl space door and check the foundation for cracks.

“If there’s a crack in your foundation, cram something, fill it up,” said Stockton.  “You can go to Lowe’s, any hardware place and get insulation foam and spray it into those cracks.”

Remember the wind chill is what the pipes will weather.  So, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

3 comments

    • Bryan

      Terminology is wrong, but there will be a difference in the rate of heat loss due to forced convection. That difference in the rate of heat loss from So, you shouldn’t ignore foundation cracks or open crawlspace ventilation just because the author used the wrong words.

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