One of the most common homeowner concerns and causes of property damage during the Winter months are frozen pipes; when the temperatures are below the freezing mark, and the pipes are not well insulated, the water inside can freeze and break he pipes.
Even the smallest break can end up costing thousands of dollars in damage and repairs!
Take the right steps to prevent your pipes from freezing:
- Keep the garage door closed (especially if water supply lines are in the garage area)
- Open interior doors throughout your home to allow for consistent and even distribution of warmth.
- Occasionally, open your kitchen and bathroom cabinets to let warm air circulate the plumbing.
- Determine which taps are fed by exposed piping or on an outside wall and let a couple run. Even a tiny trickle of warm or cold water can create enough friction to help prevent freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and night. If you’re away from home for long periods, keep the heat temperature at 55 or above.
- Adding insulation to your pipes is the best defense strategy and is often inexpensive. Pay particular attention to pipes in unheated interior spaces such as the basement, attic, or garage.
If your pipes freeze and bust, try not to panic, take these steps:
- Stop the water flow by shutting off the water.
- Reach out to your utility company to see about turning your power off if there is any standing water in your home.
- If you foresee potential water damage to wood floors, drywalls, or ceilings – a certified water removal company can help address and avoid future problems.