Water damage can cost homeowners a big chunk of change. As our weather continues to get colder and stay colder frozen pipes could be a real concern. A 1/8’ crack in a pipe can spew 250 gallons of water a day! (And you’re whole house gets wrecked in the process.)
Take the following steps to reduce the risk of frozen pipes:
- Make sure all garden hoses outside your home are disconnected, even the ones attached to anti-freeze hydrants.
- Pipes that have frozen in the past are obvious candidates for special attention.over these pipes and other pipes that are exposed to freezing temperatures or drafts with insulation.
- If pipes are in an unheated area or exposed to the elements an additional heat source may be needed along with the insulation.In the case of bathroom pipes enclosed in vanities or cabinets, leave the doors open during frigid weather so that heat from the room can penetrate the enclosures.
- If there is plumbing in the garage, never keep the door open in severely cold weather.
- Also remember that running water does not freeze very readily. During severe cold weather you may want to keep a stream of water trickling out of faucets or spouts attached to vulnerable pipes. This wastes water, but may be preferable to a burst pipe.
- If you leave town, you should set your thermostat no lower than 55 degrees and turn off the water supply at the main shutoff valve. Ask a friend or neighbor to check on your house.
If your pipes do freeze:
- Turn off the water at the main shut-off valve so you don’t have problems as the ice melts.
- Leave the faucets on to relieved pressure as the ice melts.
- Use a blow dryer or heat gun to thaw frozen pipes. Do not use an open flame.
- When you have thawed the pipe, leave a little water running so the pipe doesn’t freeze again.
- If you need help taking care of frozen or burst pipes, contact Knight's Mechanical