Looking for a resolution you can keep? How about preventing frozen pipes from ruining your new year! Water inside pipes can freeze when the outdoor temperatures drop below freezing. As the water expands, it causes pressure build-up inside the pipes. This can lead to pipe bursts and an aching start to the new year.
Frozen pipes could be a big problem, but also one that can be easily prevented. A 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water per day, causing flooding, serious structural damage and potentially mold. Nearly a quarter-million homes are affected by frozen pipes each year. Homes with both plastic and copper pipes are prone. So what can you do? Follow these tips to prevent frozen pipes in your residence.
What Causes Frozen Pipes
The three key causes of frozen pipes are quick drops in temperature, poor insulation, and too-low set thermostats. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let enough cold air in to cause a pipe to freeze.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
- Insulate pipes where the chance of freezing is greatest. Read more about insulating your plumbing here. The more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes will be.
- Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic too.
- Keep heat at 55 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. This is especially necessary even when you are out of town.
- Seal air leaks surrounding pipes. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out.
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water lines in the garage.
- During particularly colder temperatures, turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water overnight.
- Before winter hits, disconnect garden hoses.
- Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks.
If Your Pipes Burst
- Turn off your electricity immediately to avoid electric shock. This can be skipped depending on the amount of water and location.
- Shut off the water immediately. This will help prevent further damage.
- Close the valve to your hot water heater.
- Call a plumber for repairs.
- Call our team at All Pro to properly dry out the damaged area. We specialize in emergency water mitigation!
Questions about preventing frozen pipes? Give us a call at (801) 748-4020.
Protecting your pipes is one step in winterizing your home.