Many homeowners like you are aware that when water freezes it expands, and just like that forgotten can of soda in your freezer, it explodes! One of the most potentially destructive things that can happen in your home is a pipe burst. If it expands sufficiently, it will crack and water will escape causing serious damage to your property's structure. Both plastic and copper pipes are liable to freeze and burst for a combination of three factors: a rapid drop in temperature, poor insulation, and a thermostat that is set too low. Small measures can be taken at the beginning of each winter which will save you a lot of time and hassle from an unprotected pipe that freezes and floods your home. Learn more below by clicking below.
How to prevent frozen pipes
1. Know your plumbing
Be prepared for a possible crisis by first identifying where your plumbing pipes
are and also make sure that in case of an emergency, you have quick access to the main water shut off. Always contact a professional to have your heating and
plumbing system serviced every year so you are aware of it and can repair small issues before they turn into bigger problems down the line.
2. Drain & Open during the fall
In the fall, all outdoor water lines to swimming pools and sprinkler systems
should be drained completely so that there is no moisture left indoors to expand in freezing temperatures. Detach and drain hoses, and turn off valves to bibs for outdoor hoses.
3. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate
To help maintain temperatures above 32 degrees fahrenheit and avoid freezing, water pipes found in unheated exterior walls, basements, crawl spaces or garages should be well insulated with sleeve-style pipe insulation.
4. Heat Exposure
Plugging space heaters to run at low levels in trouble areas will help during the
coldest periods of the year either. Whatever you do, on days or nights that fall below freezing point, never avoid heat entirely, even if you're out of town. Shutting down your HVAC completely could increase the risk of freezing your pipes.
Each winter frozen pipes don't have to be a concern when the coldest weather comes around, provided you follow these simple steps. You can be certain to escape the problems and cost a frozen water line can cause. Just to recap, don't forget to let the heat run when you leave home for short periods of time. Turning it down can save you a bit of money on the heat bill, but it also keeps the house cold which also makes your pipes cold. Second, make sure to repair the gaps around your home's exterior and be sure to insulate exterior walls. A 1/8-inch split in a pipe will release as much as 250 gallons of water per day.
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