Simple Ways to Keep Water From Freezing

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Simple Ways to Keep Water From Freezing

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One of the biggest advantages that winter weather provides is a natural source of refrigeration, which can come in handy during a crisis, such as a prolonged power outage.  One of the biggest disadvantages is that it can be difficult to keep water from freezing.  Let’s take a look at a few suggestions that can solve this problem, and maybe they will help you to think of some ideas of your own. 

Hot Water

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If you have the opportunity, heat your water to almost boiling before putting it in a container.  If shielded from the elements, it can take hours before the water will cool to the point where it freezes.  This is an excellent trick for keeping drinking water available, and you can time it with when you’re going to be building or using a fire.

Hand Warmers

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The chemical reactions inside of hand warmers can produce temperatures in excess of 150 degrees in some cases.  When we use them on our hands, a lot of that heat radiates out into the air and is lost forever.  However, when you put them in a container filled with water, the water absorbs all of that heat instead.  While this trick won’t give you water that is warm enough for cooking or cleaning, it can be just what you need to keep it from freezing. 

Just remember that the effectiveness of using hand warmers will depend on a number of factors including the amount of water, air temperature and type of container that you’re using.  You may be surprised with how a little hand warmer can keep a big container of water from turning into a block of ice.

Ping Pong Balls

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Believe it or not, ping pong balls can help to prevent ice from forming, even in water that’s dropping below freezing.  Their material and shape interfere with how water molecules bind together, and this can inhibit them from linking together and turning into a solid.  However, the effectiveness of this trick also depends on things like temperature and the size of the container. 

You will also need more balls for larger containers than for smaller ones in order to break up the surface area and reduce the occurrence of freezing.  However, if you have some ping pong balls lying around, this is one simple solution that is definitely worth remembering.

Rubberized Containers

Metal and thin plastic containers do not insulate as effectively as their rubberized counterparts.  This is why water will freeze faster when stored in buckets, pitchers or food containers.  If you need to keep water above freezing, use a container that is rubberized and has some flexibility.  One with a lid that snaps on securely will also help to reduce heat loss, which will cause the water to take longer to freeze.

Just remember that it’s important to take preventive steps before water freezes, as these suggestions won’t be much help when it comes to melting ice.  However, they’re worth remembering, because you never know when an unforeseen situation will force you to put them into practice.