Frozen Pipes Prevention

Frozen Pipes & Water Damage?


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One of the effects of the winter season on your home is that the cold weather can cause frozen pipes and water frozen-pipesdamage. Pipes most likely to freeze are those that typically get exposed to severe cold like outdoor hoses, swimming pool lines, water sprinklers and other water supply pipes in basements, crawl spaces and attics. Frozen pipes can be very expensive to repair and can lead to water damage which means even more costly repairs. The best way to deal with frozen pipes is to make sure that they do not happen in the first place.

 

Here are 9 tips to help you prevent frozen pipes and water damage this season.

  1. Keep your water pipes insulated : A major way of preventing frozen pipes in the winter is to make sure that your water pipes are insulated. Pipes that are close to outside walls or unheated basements should be insulated with foam-rubber or heating cable.
  2. Turn Up the Thermostat: The usual thing is to reduce your house thermostat settings if you will not be at home during the winter. Yes, it will help you save on your electric bill but having frozen pipes and water damage when you’re not there is not worth the savings. It may also make other areas of your home vulnerable to extreme weather conditions and freezing. Keeping the thermostat above 69F ensures there’s enough heat getting around the house to keep your pipes above freezing.
  3. Dripping faucets: Even though it looks like an odd thing to do, it is actually more difficult for pipes to get frozen if water is moving slowly through them.
  4. Open Cupboard doors: Opening cabinet and cupboard doors if possible. Most kitchen sinks and interior pipes are on un-insulated walls making them vulnerable to freezing. The natural flow of air will make it more difficult for pipes to freeze
  5. Drain water from outdoor water supply lines: Swimming pools, water sprinklers and other outdoor water supply lines are better off being kept drained during the winter. Most manufacturers and installers recommend disconnecting them or keeping the lines turned off during the winter. Other outdoor hoses that can be removed should be stored and the inside valves kept shut after you let them drain completely.
  6. Use a Space Heater in extreme weather: You can have a space heater installed in your basement and other unheated areas of your home during extreme weather conditions. An electric heater will keep unprotected pipes from freezing temperatures. The heater does not have to be on high, just enough to keep the air warm and the pipes from freezing.
  7. Thawing frozen pipes: If you notice a frozen pipe you can use an electric heating pad or hair dryer to warm it up. Once the pipe appears to have been thawed, turn on the faucet and let warm/lukewarm water run through it for a bit to help warm the entire water line. You should also take some time to check for leaks and cracks.
  8. Turn off the master shut-off valve: If you notice a frozen pipe, immediately turn off your main water line to prevent water damage to your home. The main shut-off valve is usually located in the basement close to the heaters and other main lines. If there is a break on a line leading to the heater, you should turn off the valve on top of the water heater. This helps to limit the spillage to only water in the pipe. It is also recommended to turn off the main water supply to the house if you will be away for a long time . This reduces the risk of extreme water damage.
  9. In case of an emergency, call a professional: Do not wait for frozen pipes to thaw naturally as this may worsen the condition. You should safely thaw them as discussed above. Where unable to do this, turn off the water at the main shutoff and open all faucets so the pressure is unable to build up. You can then call a plumber to come take a look at the pipes to avert major water damage to your home.

Remember, HomeWorks Construction has a 24/7 emergency services department (574-318-9675 ) available if you suspect there are frozen pipes and possible water damage.

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