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How to Stop Crawl Space Pipes from Freezing

Homeowner dealing with broken pipes

Homeowners in Alberta are no strangers to below-freezing temperatures.

While you’re likely well-versed in dealing with harsh winters, frozen pipes in your crawl space can still be a daunting challenge.

Fortunately, this article provides information on how to protect your pipes from freezing, ensuring your home stays safe and functional throughout the winter.

5 Ways to Stop Crawl Space Pipes from Freezing

Insulated pipes

1. Insulate Your Pipes

One of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent pipes from freezing is to insulate them.

Use foam pipe insulation sleeves or wrap pipes with insulation tape to keep them warm even when the temperature drops. Pay special attention to any exposed pipes, as they are most vulnerable to freezing.

sealing gaps inside a foundation

2. Seal Gaps and Cracks

Cold air can seep into your crawl space through gaps and cracks in the foundation, making it easier for pipes to freeze.

Inspect your crawl space and seal any openings with caulk. This will help keep the cold air out and maintain a more stable temperature inside.

faucet dripping

3. Let Faucets Drip

Allowing faucets connected to vulnerable pipes to drip slowly can prevent freezing.

This keeps water moving through the pipes, making it less likely to freeze. While this may slightly increase your water bill, it is a small price to pay compared to the cost of repairing burst pipes.

Open cabinet door under a sink

4. Open Cabinet Doors Under Sinks

Keeping the cabinet doors under your sinks open allows warm air from your home to circulate around the pipes.

This simple step can help prevent the pipes from freezing, especially in colder areas of your home. Consider placing a small fan near the open cabinets to increase air circulation and ensure the pipes stay warm.

5. Encapsulate Your Crawl Space

Encapsulation is the best solution for preventing pipes from freezing. This process involves sealing off your crawl space with a heavy-duty vapor barrier and adding insulation to create a controlled environment that protects your pipes from extreme cold.

Here’s why encapsulation is so effective:

Finished, encapsulated crawl space
  • Moisture Control
  • Temperature Regulation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Air Quality Improvement
  • Long-Term Protection

Trust Groundworks for Expert Crawl Space Encapsulation

Clean, bright crawl space.

When it comes to preventing crawl space pipes from freezing, Groundworks is the best company to choose for encapsulation. With our extensive experience, we provide effective solutions that protect your home from harsh winter conditions.

Our team offers free inspections to assess your crawl space and recommend the best encapsulation options for your needs. Contact us today to schedule your free inspection and take the first step towards a worry-free winter.

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    Encapsulation creates a controlled environment in the crawl space, maintaining a stable temperature and protecting pipes from exposure to freezing temperatures.

    Yes, when properly installed, encapsulation provides long-term protection against freezing temperatures and other crawl space issues.

    While some homeowners may attempt it, proper encapsulation requires professional installation to ensure the vapor barrier is correctly sealed and the insulation is properly installed.

    Leah Leitow

    Leah Leitow

    Content Writer

    Leah is a Content Writer for Groundworks with nearly ten years of experience working in the foundation repair industry. Her experience ranges from working with homeowners to find the right solution to training inspectors and staff. In her background as a Michigan journalist, she gained invaluable insight into people's lives throughout our state. Leah lives in metro Detroit with her husband and two sons.