Burst pipes can cause major flooding and result in costly water damage repairs. Water expands when it freezes and solidifies, increasing the pressure it puts on its surroundings. Inside a plastic or metal pipe, the force of this expansion is sometimes enough to crack or burst it. Here are a few measures you can take to avoid frozen or burst pipes.
How to Avoid Water Damage Repairs from Frozen Pipes
1. Keep the House Warm
Cold water inside pipes can start freezing in a house any cooler than 55 degrees, putting them at risk of bursting and requiring water damage repairs. In the winter or in cold areas, if you’re leaving on vacation or will be out of the house for a long period of time, set your thermostat above that temperature to keep your pipes from freezing.
2. Open Cupboards
Pipes can be located inside cupboards and in unheated areas of your home, so open any cabinets to allow warm air to reach your system if the weather gets particularly cold.
3. Cover Pipes
If you have pipes outdoors, in garages, basements, or other areas your indoor heating can’t reach, insulate them to prevent frost. There are several types of pipe insulation available, such as fiberglass and closed cell foam casings, which are designed to slip around pipes to retain warmth.
4. Insulate Your Home
The less cold air you let in, the less work your heating system will have to put in to keep your home and pipes warm. To prevent drafts and drive down energy costs, seal any cracks on the walls, weatherproof windows and doors, and keep your garage door closed as often as possible.
5. Let the Water Drip
Water has an escape route when the tap is running, so even in cold weather, it doesn’t stay in place and build up pressure when it expands. Leaving a faucet on even a trickle helps relieve pressure and prevent burst pipes.
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