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How To Detect and Prevent Frozen Pipes
Well, it’s that time of year again. The time of year where snow falls by the ton and the temperature drops below anything thought possible humans could adapt too.
It’s also the time of the year when pipes are most susceptible to freezing, which in turn can cause the pipes to burst. The water inside the pipes gets frozen due to unprotected or exposed pipes. When water is frozen it expands, which puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, be it metal or plastic pipes, due to this pressure and expansion it will tend to make these pipes break. And when pipes burst it can cause flooding and water damage inside your home.
However, there are steps you can take to prevent and avoid frozen pipes:
- If you have water pipes in your garage then keep the garage door closed as much as possible especially during the cold months.
- If you are going away during the winter for a warmer holiday be sure to keep the heat on in your home.
- Try to keep the thermostat pretty consistent throughout the colder months. If you tend to drop the thermostat to a lower temperature at night it could cause the water in your pipes to freeze, and a heating bill will be much lower than a repair bill once the pipes do freeze and burst.
- Use a faucet and turn on your water for a period of time to let the water flow through the pipes. This will help unclog or thaw any frozen spots in pipes.
Those are just a few things you can do to help prevent frozen pipes. Now, if your pipes do become frozen do not panic. Just know you do have options. A good way to tell if your pipes have become frozen is if only a trickle of water comes out of a faucet when you turn it on, especially during the winter months. Below are a few ways to thaw frozen pipes.
- Keep the faucet open. Causing the water to flow through the pipes while you treat the frozen area. Once the frozen pipes begin to thaw the flowing water will continue to help defrost the pipes.
- Apply heat to the frozen part of the pipe using either a heating pad, electric hair dryer or hot towel.
To prevent further freezing of pipes you can add insulation to parts of your home such as the attic, crawlspace and basements, which is usually where you’re water pipes tend to be. The insulation will add higher temperatures to these areas.
If frozen pipes are a problem in your home then the experts at Restorationlocal.com are just the help you need. We offer water restoration contractors in all 50 states ready to serve you in your time of need. Do not wait until it’s too late and the frozen pipes turn into busted pipes.