Prepare Your Pipes for Winter
Pipe bursts are the bane of every homeowner’s existence. Once pipes burst, the subsequent floodwater and property damage can result in thousands of dollars in cleanup costs.
Pipe bursts occur when water freezes in the pipe and begins to exert pressure on the pipe. Eventually, the ice will cause the pipe to crack, and then water will begin to flow out of it as soon as the water thaws. When water starts flowing out of the pipe, it’s not a pretty picture.
Prevent burst pipes
Fortunately, there are things you can do to minimize your risk of a burst pipe. Following these tips before winter starts will help decrease your risk of property flooding:
- Add insulation to the pipes. Pipes that run along outside walls and through rooms that get particularly cold will be at particular risk for burst pipes. Prevent freezing by adding heat tape or other insulating material to the pipes themselves.
- Add insulation to cold rooms. Are there areas of your home that get particularly cold during the winter months? The problem could be caused by draughts or improper insulation. Find those areas, and seal up any cracks around windows and add extra insulation to the walls. Areas that are especially vulnerable include garages and attic spaces.
- Before the winter weather starts, disconnect all garden hoses and other items that connect to outside faucets. This prevents water from building up in the pipes around the faucets and freezing when it gets cold.
- If possible, drain lines to outside faucets. Pipes that run outside will be most susceptible to changes in the weather, so drain sprinkler and garden hose lines before the temperature drops.
Save yourself some time and money by stopping burst pipes before they start. If you already face problems from indoor flooding, call your home flood cleanup experts!
By Tim Crain