How to Prevent Frozen Pipe Breaks
A frozen pipe in the home or business is a concern that comes up every winter. With the relatively mild winter we have had so far, I wonder if we’re going to have a mild winter, or if Mother Nature is taking a deep breath before hammering the Midwest with record lows and breathtaking snowy landscapes.
With that possibility on the horizon, it’s a good time to think about how to prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting. A frozen pipe can cause a lot more damage than one would think in a very short period.
A few simple steps can help keep the water in the pipes from freezing.
- Disconnect your hose
Turn off the flow of water to your outside spigot and disconnect to your garden hose. The spigot will usually drain enough water out to keep it from freezing. These cannot function if you have a full hose attached. This step alone could have prevented three-quarters of all pipe breaks we have had seen.
- Insulate your hose bib
Get an insulated cover for your outside spigot and use it. Extreme cold will still travel through copper pipes, but that little bit of insulation can help quite a bit.
- Insulate your pipes
Look over what walls the plumbing in your home run through. Insulate any plumbing on outside walls. Double-check insulation on plumbing in the attic. A pipe bursting in your attic is arguably the most expensive way to invite us into your home.
- Let your faucets drip
When the temperature outside stays below freezing for days, leave taps dripping just a little bit. Flowing water has a much harder time freezing than stagnant water. A small drip could save you a lot of heartaches.
If you do have a pipe break make sure to give us a call right away; we can help get your home or business dried out and like it was before. The one beautiful thing about pipe breaks is that we can usually dry out clean water without removing a lot of building materials. Remember that mold can set in quickly within three days. If that happens, we go from drying the carpet out to tearing it out.
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