6 Tips to Prevent Frozen Water Pipes from Bursting

Written by  //  December 12, 2014  //  Plumbing  //  Comments Off on 6 Tips to Prevent Frozen Water Pipes from Bursting

A burst pipe can cause major headaches for a property owner. The water damage caused by the broken pipe can be severe and can be even harder to deal with in cold weather. In some cases, it may be difficult to contain the damage as it may take a plumber as many as 30 minutes or more to get to your property. What are some things that you can do to prevent water pipes from bursting?

1) Keep a Constant Heat Source on the Pipe

It is recommended that you maintain a constant temperature of 68 degrees wherever you have pipes. This could be accomplished by putting a space heater near the pipe or by making sure that the temperature is at least 68 degrees in the basement during the winter months. It is best that you refrain from using an open flame as it may cause the pipe to expand and contract. 

2) Turn the Water Off

Turning the water off will stop the water from flowing through the pipes where it may freeze when the weather gets cold. This is also recommended whenever you are going to be leaving home for several days at a time. Shutting the water off may also allow you to pinpoint where a pipe may be ready to burst. 

3) Drain the Pipe 

If there is excess moisture in a pipe, it may be a good idea to drain the pipe if possible. If there is no water within the pipe, it is not possible for any moisture to escape if the pipe does happen to burst or otherwise suffer damage. 

4) Open Cabinet Doors for Better Circulation

Opening the cabinet doors allows for better air circulation and less stagnation through the pipes. This will make it harder for the water to sit in one place where it may become cold and freeze. If you have pets or small children, you may want to take anything toxic out of the cabinets first. 

5) Keep the Windows Closed

When air is allowed to flow directly over the pipes, they have a tendency to freeze faster. If your windows have a draft, it is important to do whatever it takes to keep the air out and prevent a pipe from freezing and bursting. 

6) Add Extra Insulation to the Outside of the Home

Adding extra insulation will protect against wind as well as keep the interior of the room warmer during the cold months. Extra insulation will also act to keep the rest of the house warmer, which will make the house more comfortable in addition to reducing the odds of a frozen pipe exploding. 

If you have pipes, there is a chance that they may become frozen. By taking these steps, you can lower the odds of suffering severe water damage in your home. Most of these steps are easy for almost anyone to take. If necessary, professionals such as Midwestern Plumbing Service Inc may be able to help winterproof your home this year.

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