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How To Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter

Frozen Pipe

Winters on Long Island can be unpredictable and often are accompanied by snow, ice, and freezing temperatures that may cause potential property damage if the proper precautions are not taken. A common issue many property owners run into is frozen and burst pipes. When a pipe bursts it can lead to water damage, which then can lead to mold damage

To help you avoid some of these frustrations and expensive repairs, we have gathered a list of actions you can take to keep your pipes from freezing.

What Causes Pipes To Freeze?

Water pipes have water in them. When the water inside freezes, it also expands. When there is ice inside your pipes it puts the whole system in danger of breaking. The frozen part of the pipe forces pressure between the tap and the ice blockage. That is usually where a burst will occur.

How To Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Make Sure Your Pipes Are Insulated: Did you know that they make insulation specifically designed for pipes? Pipe insulation is usually inexpensive. This may be a small cost in comparison to the repair costs of major damage from a burst pipe.
  • Open Your Bathroom & Kitchen Cabinets: Every once in a while, open up your cabinets. This keeps warm air circulating around your plumbing. The warm air can help prevent ice blockages and pressure buildup!
  • Let Your Faucet Drip: This one may come as a surprise to you, but this could save you big in the long run. Don’t worry, you don’t need to turn on all of your faucets, just determine which faucets are fed by exposed piping. Leave those faucets on so they are just dripping, especially during those extra cold days. Even just a trickle from the faucet can help you avoid major pipe freezes. The constant movement of the water produces a small amount of heat, making the water harder to freeze.
  • Try Using Heating Tape: For pipes that are in cold spaces like your basement or attic, you can apply electrical heating tape to retain heat. While some heating tapes have sensors that activate automatically when pipes need heat, others require you to plug them in. It is important to pay attention to the ones you plug in and make sure you unplug them once the pipe is warm. Heating tape can be dangerous, so make sure you follow all instructions and safety precautions.
  • Seal Up Any Cracks: Before it gets too cold outside, inspect around your windows and door frames for any cracks or openings. In addition, you should check for any cable holes in the walls and floors that you may have wires running through. By sealing up these cracks you will be able to help contain the warm air which can, in turn, prevent ice blockages.

Call The Experts At Restoration 1

If you run into the issue of your pipes freezing and bursting this winter, make sure to call Restoration 1 of Long Island. Our team of IICRC-certified experts is available 24/7. Whether you are dealing with a burst pipe, storm damage, water damage, or mold, you can always count on us to bring you some peace of mind.

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