As temperatures drop, especially in regions like Northwest Montana, pipe freezing becomes a significant concern for many homeowners. It can cause considerable harm to a property if burst pipes result in water damage. Luckily, you can stay on top of the issue by recognizing the signs that pipes are frozen or about to freeze. This knowledge will go even further if you know which pipes are most vulnerable to freezing in general.
Which Pipes Are Most Likely to Freeze & Cause Water Damage
Poorly Insulated Pipes
If any exposed pipes on your property aren’t insulated—whether they’re indoors or outdoors—take action as soon as possible. Stop by your local hardware store for insulating tape or a related product. You don’t need to worry much about underground pipes, as temperatures there are surprisingly moderate. However, any pipes above ground, especially those exposed to the elements, should be covered up.
Pipes in Walls
When looking for uninsulated pipes, double-check your exterior walls. These are particularly susceptible to freezing, and pipes here can be easily overlooked, as they’re often designed to blend in with gutter systems. Make sure any exterior plumbing is insulated to avoid water damage.
Attic & Basement Plumbing
Since people don’t spend much time in these parts of a home, attics and basements tend to be colder. However, this is no excuse not to keep them temperate. Attics should be well-insulated to prevent ice dams from forming—and that includes any exposed plumbing. Basement plumbing should be insulated as well, in case temperatures dip below the freezing point.
If a pipe does burst and you need help cleaning up water damage, FloodCo can help. They’re located in Kalispell, MT, and serve residents and business owners throughout the Flathead Valley region. For questions about their services—including mold remediation and carpet cleaning—don’t hesitate to call them at (406) 892-1717. More information about these disaster restoration specialists is available online.