Frozen pipes are one of the most common property damage claims when temperatures drop with the average frozen pipe burst resulting in more than $5,000 in water damage. We at NorthEast Insurance Services do not want to see our clients have to deal with the financial burden of a frozen pipe bursting, so we are here to tell you about how you can save your home with as little as ten dollars.
- Insulate the pipes with foam insulation to keep them from freezing. Most hardware stores sell flexible foam tubes that wrap around almost any size pipe.
- Seal all windows and doors to keep out cold air. A quick fix for gaps around your windows and doors is weather stripping but we suggest the long-term fix of caulking or using a foam sealant. Also, it is important to keep the garage door shut during the winter to keep the cold air away from water supply lines.
- Supply your attic and basement with plenty of insulation to keep out the cold. Attics and basements are the two places that frozen pipes occur the most due to their lack of insulation. Any pipes located near the outside walls should be double insulated.
- Before temperatures drop, turn off any water supply to outside faucets and drain the remaining water in the pipe. These pipes and faucets can freeze and cause damage to the interior of your home.
- If you have pipes that are prone to freezing, wrap them in electrical heat tape. Electrical tape is thermostatically controlled to prevent freezing.
Even when you prepare for the worst, frozen pipes can still occur. If you do encounter a frozen pipe, follow these steps to thaw the pipe.
- If you turn on a faucet and it only drips or trickles, suspect the pipe that is against the exterior wall is frozen.
- Keep the faucet open because as you begin to treat the frozen pipe, water will begin to flow, and this water will melt the remaining ice. If not open, you can risk the pipe bursting from pressure.
- Shut off the water supply line for the pipe. If this pipe does not have an individual shut off valve, turn the main water line off.
- Options to thaw the pipe include wrapping an electric heating pad around the pipe, using an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater, or using towels soaked in hot water.
- Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you can not locate the frozen pipe, cannot thaw the pipe, or do not feel comfortable thawing it yourself, please call a licensed plumber.
- Check all other faucets in your home to see if there are any additional frozen pipes.
A frozen pipe bursting could leave you with hefty bills after the cleanup is over. At , we supply every customer with a comprehensive to protect and aid you in crises. For more information on how you can protect your home this winter with a , call Diane Fox at (732) 972-1771 ext. 1108.