Frozen pipes can cause significant water damage to your home.
What’s worse than a major home maintenance disaster? Try several major home maintenance disasters at once. When pipes freeze, the situation is not as simple as calling a plumber. Frozen pipes can cause flooding, serious structural damage, and potentially mold. Only a reputable company such as Stanley Restoration can fix the damage.
Water expands when it freezes. In pipes, the expansion can cause ruptures. This affects some quarter-million families each winter and can happen in homes with both plastic and copper pipes. It’s all too common, even though frozen pipes are largely preventable.
The three central causes of frozen pipes are poor insulation, quick drops in temperature, and thermostats set too low. You should start to prepare your home during the warmer months.
Insulate pipes in your home’s crawl spaces and attic. Remember, the more insulation you use, the better protected your pipes will be.
Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes. Closely follow all manufacturers’ installation and operation instructions.
Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes, and use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze.
Disconnect garden hoses and, if possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
When the Weather Plummets-
Let warm water drip overnight, preferably from a faucet on an outside wall.
Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature during both day and night.
Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.