Did you know that every year over 250,000 Americans experience property damage due to burst pipes?  Water and freezing temperatures can mean big problems for pipes.  When water freezes it expands, and this can cause fractures.  Ice Blockages can also form causing pressure to build up and eventually cause a rupture.  Dealing with this kind of water damage can carry a hefty price tag.  Luckily, there are precautions you can take to avoid this type of damage.

Indoor Precautions

  • Keep your thermostat consistent day and night.
  • Let cold water drip from a faucet to relieve pressure when there are freezing temperatures outside.
  • If you’re planning on taking a trip away from home, do not set the thermostat below 55 Degrees F.
  • Open cabinet doors in the kitchen, bathroom, etc. to let warm air circulate.
  • Keep garage doors closed.
  • Protect exposed pipes with more insulation.  Common areas are crawl spaces, basements, and attics.  Use foam pipe insulation sleeves or pipe insulation tape.
  • Close vents to any crawl space preventing inside heat from leaking.
  • Seal cracks around windows and doors to prevent drafts from entering the home.

Outdoor Precautions

  • Disconnect garden hoses and drain excess water.
  • Winterize home sprinkler systems.
  • In freezing temperatures, shut off water to outside faucets and drain excess water.
  • If you have a sump pump be sure to check the pipes for any outer blockage like ice or snow to avoid backup from entering the home.
  • Shut off and drain any water lines to swimming pools, garden ponds, or fountains.

When it comes to dealing with pipes it is better to be safe than sorry.  Taking proper precautions is the best way to prevent water damage from burst pipes.  If your pipes do freeze despite your preparation, then be sure to call a professional immediately to avoid further damage to your home.


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