Now that it is almost December, the cold air is on its way. When the temperature drops, the risk of pipes freezing goes way up. Did you know that the most common type of property damage in the winter is frozen pipes? Frozen pipes can lead to costly water damage in your home.
The water inside of your pipes freezes when outside temperatures drop. When the water freezes, this can lead to pipes bursting. Some pipes are more likely to freeze than others, such as pipes in unheated areas of your home.
TIPS TO PREVENT FROZEN PIPES
- When extremely cold weather hits, leave your faucet dripping very slightly during the night to prevent freezing.
- Be sure to insulate the pipes in your home, pay special attention to the pipes close to areas more prone to freezing such as attics, garages, or crawl spaces.
- Seal all leaks in pipes.
- If you go out of town during the winter, leave the heat in your home set to at least 55 degrees.
- Keep your thermostat at a steady temperature, try not to change it often.
- Make sure to keep your garage door closed if you have water supply lines located there.
- Find any cracks or openings in your home and seal them with caulk.
Follow these tips to prevent frozen pipes in your home. If your pipes freeze you should open all your faucets. Places rags around the pipe in an attempt to warm. It is best to call a plumber if you are not sure what to do. In the event that your pipes should freeze, shut your water off right away to prevent water damage. Take inventory of damaged items in your home.
If you experience water damage due to frozen pipes, please contact us at 704-527-1151. We offer professional water mitigation services and are on-call 24 hours a day. We understand how important it is to act quickly and we are ready to respond to your needs.