When water freezes in pipes, it puts tremendous pressure on them. No matter the strength, the ice can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze are most frequently due to exposure of severe cold outdoors (hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines), water supply pipes in unheated interior areas (basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets). Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation, making them more susceptible to freezing.
Frozen pipes can be an inconvenient, expensive, and dangerous thing to have to deal with when the temperatures drop. Rather than letting frozen pipes spoil your holiday season, protect your home with High-Net Worth Homeowners Insurance and take a look at these recommendations to reduce the risk of frozen pipes.
Protect Your Pipes
Before winter weather hits hard, protect your pipes from freezing with these recommendations:
- Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines. Avoid antifreeze in these lines; it’s environmentally harmful, and dangerous to humans, pets and wildlife.
- Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors.
- Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces.
- Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a “pipe sleeve” or installing “heat tape” or “heat cable”. Newspaper can also provide some degree of insulation.
- Consider relocating exposed pipes to increase protection.
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
- Let the water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
- If you won’t be home during the winter, leave the heat on, set to at least 55° F.
Thaw Frozen Pipes
Running water through the pipe will help melt the ice. You may also need to try applying heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, or a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or wrap pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Never use open flame devices.
Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, it’s likely others have too. Severe weather conditions can take a major toll on your home, and it’s crucial that you and your property are prepared.
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