Frigid temperatures and winter storms inevitably bring challenges to daily barn chores and your efforts to maintain healthy livestock. But if you take the time to prepare while temperatures are still warm, you’ll be well equipped for an easier winter. 

One of the challenges of winter is keeping water pipes from freezing in your barns, especially when they’re not heated. Even if you live in a moderate climate, a long cold snap will give you headaches if the pipes burst.

If you have to use outside pipes during freezing weather, there are a few options that work well to keep the water flowing.

  1. Option One: add heat to the water through products like electrical heat tape. This tape can be wrapped on pipes and then plugged in if you've got electricity available.
  2. Option Two: You can also add heat to outside pipes with a heating device like a heat lamp if it's in an enclosed space, a relatively small building, or something similar.
  3. If adding heat isn't feasible, try running a constant trickle of water through the pipes. (It doesn't have to be warm water).
    • Of course you don't want to do this all winter, but a steady trickle works well during those extreme cold spells when you're worried about the pipes freezing solid.

Insulate the pipes

Outdoor water lines that run through a heated area can benefit from having insulation wrapped around them.

Exposed water pipes in barns and sheds can be insulated, but keep your animals in mind. Livestock might find the insulation interesting to chew on.

Winterize outside pipes before the temperatures drop; you'll save yourself costly plumbing repairs.

Using WRAP-ON Pipe Heating Cable

Simply wrap on, insulate and plug in. Engineered for use on metal and rigid plastic pipes. Uses an exclusive Press-To-Test™ button so you can test the cable before installing. A built-in thermostat turns the cable on at 38ºF. Proven low-wattage design uses up to 65 percent less energy at 2 watts a foot vs. other cables at 7 watts a foot, and protects to –50ºF. An exclusive power sensor light glows when the thermostat is closed.

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