Pipe bursting is a common winter phenomenon, especially up north. It occurs when water trapped inside plumbing freezes and expands, enacting pressure on the surrounding material. Whether made from plastic or metal, pipes experiencing enough pressure will burst, causing additional problems for the affected household. If you’re concerned about frozen pipes impacting your home, here’s how to prevent them.
Drain & Cover Up Outdoor Fixtures
Your efforts should begin ideally before winter starts, right as you start winterizing your garden and sprinkler system. First, shut off the water, then drain all outdoor spigots, faucets, and other fixtures thoroughly. Then cover them with insulating bibs, which you can find at most hardware stores.
Open Cabinet Doors
Even in a well-heated home, areas like bathroom vanities and cupboards below the sink can get extremely cold, simply because they’re closed off from the rest of the warm air. To prevent frozen plumbing, open all cabinet doors in your home if they contain pipes. If it’s predicted to be particularly cold, you should also consider opening up all the taps to a trickle to alleviate any water line pressure.
Insulate Exposed Plumbing
Ideally, pipes should either be ensconced well below the ground—where it remains relatively temperate and doesn’t often reach the freezing point—or indoors, but there are exceptions. If there is any exposed plumbing around your home, insulate it with pipe sleeves, heat tape, or other materials designed for the task.
It can get cold up in Hartford County, CT, and other parts of New England, and problems like frozen or burst plumbing are not unheard of. If you require plumbing repair services for these or other issues, please don’t hesitate to contact Rutkowski Plumbing & Heating. They’re based in New Britain and have been in business for four generations, so you can count on them for reliability. To request your free estimate, call (860) 223-8569. More information about the local plumbers is available online.