This time of year, one of the biggest threats to the condition of your house is running all through your walls.
In times of extreme cold, your water pipes can freeze, expand, and leak. Tens of thousands of dollars in damage can be done if you aren’t careful and take preemptive measures.
Here are some steps you can take to prevent freezing water pipes:
Most hardware stores have long, foam tubing with a single “slit” down one side so you can just fit them around your pipes. This is a very easy and cost-effective insulation and can be done in just a few minutes. You can
cut the tubes as you need with no trouble.
Your mother’s advice is correct. Opening a faucet just enough to let it drip helps keep the water moving (very slowly) and helps prevent freezing pipes. This is especially helpful if you have lost power and/or heat in your
house. You don’t need to open all the faucets, just the one furthest from where the water comes in to your house. Please note that in some extreme cold temperatures, your pipes may freeze anyway.
If your pipes do freeze, you may need to get professional help. If you know exactly where the freezing has occurred, use a heated pad or space heater (for indoor pipes). Do NOT use a blowtorch or other flame! If you aren’t sure where the
freeze is located, consult a plumber.
If the worst happens and your pipes do burst, we can help mitigate the damage and restore your property to its pre-crisis condition. Please give us a call at (855) 280-3060.