On every news channel, there are alerts about the icy cold temperatures that are continuing to drop; with the weather forecast comes a friendly reminder to dress warmly and to be prepared for the winter weather we’re experiencing when out of your home, but you also need to take precautions inside of your home.
With the cold weather that we’re experiencing, or the “arctic blast” as news channels have been calling it, frozen pipes can be a huge problem. Here’s what the American Red Cross website had to say about it:
“Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the “strength” of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.”
No one wants to deal with a bunch of pipes bursting and getting water everywhere. Knowing that this can be an issue in colder weather is the first step in preventing it from happening. Here are some steps you can take to help ensure your pipes don’t burst:
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
- When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst
- If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
To read more useful tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing, click on the above link.
Even with preventative measures taken, pipes can still burst from the freezing temperatures causing the water to expand. If that happens, do not try to clean up the water on your own. Once a busted pipe has been discovered, or even a leak, call a property damage company immediately! The longer that water sits, the more damage it can cause in your home. Water damage in homes is usually considered top priority in insurance companies due to the fact that the longer the water sits, the more damage it can cause.
To view a property damage company that can help in the case of a busted pipe, click on the above link.