Simple Tips To Keep Your Kitchen's PVC Plumbing Pipe From Freezing Up

If you experience freezing pipes in your kitchen every winter no matter what you do, it's time to take action. When the temperatures drop outside, some rooms in your home may stay colder than others do, especially if the rooms sit under trees. The water inside your kitchen's plastic plumbing pipe stays cold as a result. You can keep the plumbing warm with the tips below.

Open Up the Cabinets

Although cabinets protect your sink's plumbing from dust and other issues, they can make the space beneath your sink cold. By opening up the sink's cabinets, you allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing pipe. The warm air heats up the plastic pipe and water sitting inside it. 

You can also leave your cold water tap running to help keep the water inside the plumbing pipe flowing. However, instead of letting the water pour out of the faucet, only allow a thin stream of water flow through it. The stream of water will push any ice that forms inside the pipe through to the sink.

If the space beneath the sink still feels a bit cold, place a portable heater in the center of the room and direct it toward the sink. Turn the heater to low and give it 30 minutes to heat up the space. You don't want to leave the heater in the kitchen overnight unless you expect to be up. Unattended heaters can start fires.

After you complete the tips above, take time to insulate the plumbing pipe.

Insulate the Pipe With a Blanket

The plastic housing of your plumbing pipe can contract when it's cold and break open along the elbow joints. If these things happen, water can flow out of the pipe and flood the kitchen. Insulating the pipe with a cotton blanket on extremely cold days and nights may keep the plastic from contracting.

Cotton is a great heat insulator, because the material contains molecules that hold on to air. Cotton also absorbs moisture. If the temperatures in the home or outside become warmer, the plumbing pipe can form condensation or moisture on its surface. Once the weather becomes cold again, the pipe develops ice on it.

Before you insulate the pipe with the blanket, you may want to cut the material into long strips, then wrap them around the pipe individually. You may cover more areas of the plumbing pipe by doing so. Also, secure the strips of cotton with tape to keep them in place. 

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