A frozen pipe is an unpleasant situation for every homeowner. When the water in a frozen pipe expands, it causes the pipe to burst, not only leading to a messy situation but also resulting in substantial water damage. It may not be possible to eliminate the occurrence of such an event completely. However, by taking care of a few things one can prevent such an experience from happening before it’s too late. Below are a few tips that can help protect pipes from freezing.
Drain outside water
As outdoor pipes are more prone to freezing, it is important to ensure the sprinkler systems, swimming pool lines, and outdoor hoses are drained well. It is also wise to unhook your hoses and store them during the winter period.
Use pipe sleeves or heat tape
Insulation is a must for every pipe in your home that is exposed. You can install pipe sleeves or heat tape to keep pipes protected from extremely cold temperatures.
Turn up your thermostat
Trying to save money on your heating bill by setting your thermostat to a lower temperature could put your pipes in danger. During winter, set the thermostat at 55 degrees or above, even when you’re gone on a vacation.
Ensure the basement, attic and crawl spaces are well insulated. This will not only help in preventing pipes from freezing or breaking but also reduce your utility bill.
Allow circulation of warm air
Keep cabinet doors around pipes open to allow warm air to flow. This includes cabinets under areas like the kitchen sink, bathroom sink, wet bar sink, etc.
If you observe a slow trickle of water when you turn on a faucet, you may have a frozen pipe. In such a scenario, use a hair dryer or an electric heating pad on the pipe until the water resumes its normal flow.
If your home has suffered any water damage during a pipe burst, call Bio Cleanse Services on 1300 774 631 for expert water damage restoration services.