How To Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter Season
Along with the winter season comes snow, ice, and chilling temperatures that may cause potential property damage if the proper precautions aren’t taken. One of the most common issues property owners run into during the winter is frozen and burst pipes. This leads to water damage and sometimes even mold damage.
To help you avoid these frustrations and expensive repairs, we put together a list of the way 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’s ice inside your pipes it puts the whole system in danger of breaking. The frozen part of the pipe forces pressure between the tap and the ice blockage, that’s usually where a burst will occur.
How To Prevent Frozen Pipes
- Insulate Your Pipes – There’s insulation that’s specifically designed for pipes! Pipe insulation tends to be inexpensive and may be 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 chilly winter night.
- Let Your Faucet Drip – Don’t worry, you don’t need to turn all of your faucets on! First, find out which faucets are fed by exposed piping. Once you’ve determined that, leave some faucets on (especially during that extra cold weather). Even just a little trickle from your faucet can help in avoiding major pipe freezes. The constant movement of the water produces a little amount of heat, making the water harder to freeze than water that’s 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 to your pipes to retain heat. Some heating tapes have sensors that activate 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 certain to follow the instructions and safety precautions.
- Seal Any Cracks – You should inspect around 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’ll help keep the warm air contained which can, in turn, prevent ice blockage.
What To Do If Your Pipes Freeze
If you run into the problem where your pipes do freeze this winter, make sure to call Restoration 1. Our team of experts is accessible and prepared to assist 24/7. Whether you’re dealing with a burst pipe, storm damage, water damage, or mold, you can always depend on our team to bring you some peace of mind. Contact us today!