Frozen Water Pipes
One of the worst dangers for property owners in the winter is frozen pipes. When water freezes it expands and exerts pressure on pipes that can cause them to burst. If a pipe breaks, it can lead to significant and costly water damage that can ruin property, belongings, and can be a hassle to fix. But luckily there are safety measures you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing.
As a property owner, the prevention of frozen pipes begins at the end of the Fall season. Make sure all water from swimming pools and sprinkler supply lines are completely drained. If these lines are left open in the winter, there is a drastic increase in the possibility of freeze damage and frozen pipes.
Also, make sure to drain and disconnect any outside hoses. For extra protection install a frost-proof spigot or a faucet insulator.
Having proper insulation is the best way to prevent frozen pipes in the winter. All exposed pipes in unheated areas need to be properly insulated. Attics and garages are two of the most common problem areas. If these areas aren’t already insulated, call an insulation company for installation as soon as possible.
It may also be worth adding extra insulation to the exterior walls of your home. Pipes in exterior walls are prone to bursting if there is inadequate or improperly installed insulation.
With proper insulation, your pipes should be protected, but if you live in an extremely cold area and your pipes are prone to freezing, there are still little tricks you can try:
- leave cabinets and doors open to keep warm air flowing into areas where pipes are;
- avoid lowering the thermostat at night to keep the house at a consistent temperature; and
- let cold water drip from the faucet throughout the day periodically to keep water running through the pipes.
If a frozen pipe does burst, you will need to take immediate action to avoid significant water damage. Start by turning off the main water in your house and then call in the professionals. SERVPRO Greeley/Windsor has trained specialists to remediate water damage and restore your property back to its original condition.