How To Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter
Along with the winter season comes snow, ice, and chilling temperatures that can lead to potential property damage if the right precautions are not taken. One of the most common issues property owners run into during the winter is frozen and burst pipes. This results in water damage and sometimes even mold problems.
To help you avoid these frustrations and expensive repairs, we put together a list of ways you can keep your pipes from freezing in your residential and commercial properties.
How Do Pipes Freeze?
To put it simply, your water pipes have water in them. When the water inside freezes, it expands. When there is ice inside your pipes it puts the entire system at risk of breaking. The frozen part of the pipe forces pressure between the faucet and the ice blockage, that is usually where a burst will occur.
How To Prevent Frozen Pipes
- Insulate Your Pipes – There is insulation that is specifically designed for pipes! Pipe insulation tends to be inexpensive and is a small cost compared to the repair costs of major water damage from a burst pipe.
- Open Your Cabinets – Every once in a while, open up your bathroom and kitchen cabinets. This keeps warm air circulating around the plumbing. This warm air can help prevent ice blockages and pressure buildup, especially on a cold winter night.
- Let Your Faucet Drip – Don’t worry, you don’t have to turn all of your faucets on! First, figure out which faucets are fed by exposed piping. Once you have figured that out, leave a few faucets on especially during that extra cold weather. Even just a small trickle from your faucet can help in avoiding major pipe freezes. The constant movement of the water produces a small amount of heat, making the water harder to freeze than water that is standing still.
- Use Heating Tape – For pipes that are easily accessible and in cold spaces like your basement or attic, you can apply electrical heating tape directly to your pipes to retain heat. Some heating tapes have sensors that turn on automatically when the pipes need heat, others require you to plug them in, then unplug once the pipe is warm. Heating tape can be dangerous, so make sure to follow the instructions and safety precautions.
- Seal Any Cracks – You should inspect your windows and door frames for any cracks or openings. You should also check for any cable holes in the walls and floors that you may have wires running through. By sealing up these cracks and holes you will help keep the warm air contained which will, in turn, prevent ice blockage.
What To Do If Your Pipes Freeze
If you run into the issue where your pipes do freeze this winter, make sure to call Restoration 1. Our team of experts is available 24/7 and ready to help. Whether you are dealing with a burst pipe, storm damage, water damage, or mold, you can always rely on our team to bring you some peace of mind. Contact us today!