Winter is here, which means your property's pipes will be exposed to the harsh winter cold. Frozen pipes are not something you want to experience in your home or business. Aside from limiting or completely stopping the flow of water, they may burst due to expansion of the pipe, costing you several hundred or even thousands of dollars in water damage, repairs, replacements, and insurance claims.
Outside pipes installed in non-insulated or unheated areas of your property are at high risk of freezing for obvious reasons. You need to drain them and turn them off before the winter cold gets to them.
Another effective way to keep your exterior pipes from freezing in the cold is to use insulating tape around them. They will help weatherproof your pipes, but you must still drain them first.
While most of us turn the heat down during nighttime to save on our energy bill, this isn't the best thing for pipes, especially during extremely cold weather. Instead, use your heating to maintain your home temperature as close to room temperature as possible. This may cost you a little on energy bills, but it will save you a lot more on water damage and repairs if your interior pipes freeze in the cold.
Part of utilizing your home heating is to use it efficiently. You can improve the heat circulation in your home to benefit your pipes. For example, leaving your bathroom doors open will circulate heat to the bathroom pipes. Similarly, you will want to keep your garage doors closed if you have pipes in there.
Pipes freeze and burst because the water inside the pipes freezes and expands. Since the pipes aren't flexible, they expand under pressure and burst. However, the water will not freeze and expand if it's running through the pipe.
When temperatures start to drop severely, you can leave a cold water tap minimally open to allow dripping, preferably in your bathtub. If the dripping slows down, it means the water pressure is dropping, and your pipes are beginning to freeze.
No one wants to deal with frozen pipes, burst pipes, water damage, or expensive bills. However, if a slightly higher energy bill saves you from an extremely expensive repair bill, it is well worth the money. Follow these five ways to avoid frozen pipes, and you should be fine during the harsh winters.
If you want to learn more ways to avoid frozen pipes, or need help with frozen pipes, water damage, or other winter home maintenance efforts, contact Mammoth Restoration & Reconstruction. We are expert professionals, available to you 24/7, 365 days a year. So don't hesitate to call us at 609.859.5600 or email us to get started with your frozen pipes and winter home maintenance today!