We may not live in the coldest of climates, but those bone-cold days can be brutal when they do come! With these freezing temperatures comes the danger of frozen and/or burst pipes…and costly damages. But how can you keep in from happening? Follow the tips below!
First, it’s important to know what causes frozen pipes. Take a look at some of the causes below:
- Pressure – The typical cause of frozen pipes is pressure from the unfrozen water between the closed faucet and the ice.
- Old pipes – Debris tends to build up in old pipes, therefore making them more likely to freeze.
- Poor insulation – Especially if your house was built before the 1960’s (when insulation quality started improving) you could be at risk of frozen pipes.
- Bends in the pipe – The expansion of the frozen area can be trapped by bends in the pipe.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
• Insulate (with foam) any pipes that are in colder areas of your home,
• Replace old plumbing.
• Re-route any pipes that are exposed to the cold.
• Seal any insulation gaps near plumbing.
• Turn off any valves for your outdoor water supply. Make sure the tap is empty and shut it tightly.
If you expect freezing temperatures…
• Allow warm air to circulate to your home’s coldest areas, especially if your plumbing is vulnerable in that area. For example, opening cabinets under sinks.
• You may want to set your heating system to maintain a warmer temperature overnight.
• Open faucet taps to allow a slow drip of water.
If you’re leaving town…
• Have someone monitor you home (both inside and out).
• Turn off your hot water tank.
• Consider shutting the main water valve to your home and draining the plumbing.
• Keep your heat set to a normal temperature.
The best way to prevent frozen pipes is to not only take certain precautions during the winter, but to replace any plumbing that you think could potentially be a problem. Contact us to see if you qualify for a free video inspection, normally a $300 value!