Your pipes are like the arteries of your home; they help transport everything exactly where they need to go. If something were to happen to those arteries, such as frozen pipes, for instance, then that would shake the entire foundation of your home.
Winter is just around the corner, which means it’s time to refresh yourself on the best seasonal practices to take care of your home. With the ever-frigid temperatures this season, your pipes will be at risk of freezing, and that could be disastrous for a home. Keep reading to learn how to protect your home and prevent frozen pipes.
You probably hear about frozen pipes all the time, but what’s actually so horrible about them? Besides just the headache of having to fix something in the house, they pose a serious threat to you and your family’s safety. If your pipes freeze, the water inside them will, as well, and the water will start to expand. The enormous amount of pressure created inside your pipes almost guarantees a burst or rupture. If it gets to that point, it’ll cost you somewhere in the thousands of dollars to repair the pipe itself and all the havoc it wreaks. If left untreated, your house could suffer from serious flooding and could put residents’ health at risk.
So you want to be proactive; where should you start? Our number one recommended tip is to have a professional install pipe insulation. It’s a cheap (especially compared to repairing a burst pipe) yet effective solution to ward off frozen pipes — insulation traps heat and keeps your pipes warm at all times. Pay extra attention to pipes in unheated areas of your house like your garage or attic. Aside from that, we suggest setting your thermostat to a warm, consistent temperature throughout the winter and letting your faucets drip when you’re not home.
Uh oh, you just discovered you have a frozen pipe. Should you panic? No, panicking will not help and disaster can still be prevented! The situation may be less than ideal, but only a cool head will see you through it all. You can obviously tell if your pipes are frozen if there’s little to no running water when you turn on the faucet, but also look out for frost forming on your pipes or strange odors as other telltale signs. To alleviate the pressure built up in your pipes, turn off all running water immediately and find a way to heat the pipe up. Plug in a space heater or hairdryer, wrap the pipe in newspaper and duct tape it to serve as emergency insulation — anything you could possibly do.
If you’re ever unsure of how to respond to frozen pipes, it never hurts to call an expert. The drain specialists at All County Sewer and Drain will do anything we can to help you in your time of need. Contact us today!