How do I keep the pipes in my shed where I keep my washer and dryer from freezing?
I keep my washer and dryer in a shed. I have the pipes wrapped and use a large infrared bulb placed near the inside pipes when the temperatures dip low. We also insulated the wall that my washer is up against. Still I worry. Is there anything more I can be doing to ensure they won't freeze? Other than the washer, there is no way to run water like I do in the house. Thank you.
Sounds like you've done a good job of prevention, but you could get the opinion of someone in a plumbing department at a store, particularly a plumbing store, but a large place like Lowes or Home Depo might have a true specialist for your area.
One suggestion I heard from a plumber is that if you've got a particularly cold spell coming the leave one tap (preferably the cold one) dripping as even if the pipes freeze the fact that the tap was open should prevent damage to the pipes.
Plumbers especially recommend this if you are going away and likely to get severe freezing.
As for preventing freezing, is there any way to heat the room? Even just keeping the temperature just above freezing point can help.
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