Do you live in an area of the country where the temperature drops to below freezing and stays that way for long periods of time? Are you worried about what might happen if a pipe burst due to freezing in the cold weather? While some things are inevitable, there are definitely things that you can do to prevent your pipes from bursting and flooding your property. Some of the most important ways to prevent your pipes from being damaged include:
Insulate your pipes: Pipes that freeze and burst or otherwise leak are usually located around the exterior of your home where it is the coldest. If you have exposed pipes on the exterior of your home or in your attic or crawlspaces, you can purchase insulation to help keep them from getting too cold when the temperature drops below freezing. If you don't want to or can't install the insulation yourself, you can hire your local plumber to do the task for you. You may also want to ask your plumber about installing heat tape along with the insulation. This tape will warm your pipes to above freezing, helping to prevent burst pipes due to cold weather.
Leave kitchen and bathroom cabinets open: You've probably heard that you should leave the water running during a freeze in order to prevent burst pipes. But you may not have been told that keeping cabinet doors open can be just as important. If your kitchen or bathroom sinks are on an exterior wall, the pipes in the cabinets underneath can get extremely cold. With the cabinet doors closed, the doors will actually act as insulation to prevent warm air from reaching these pipes. By keeping the cabinets open, warm air is allowed to circulate and keep the pipe temperatures above freezing. If you have small children, however, make sure to move anything dangerous to another location before leaving the cabinets open for a prolonged period of time.
Install a water leak detection system: Even with the best prevention measures in place, there's still a chance that your pipes will burst or start to leak at some point. As pipes age, their soldered joints may weaken or the pipes themselves may no longer be able to contain the water pressure. Whatever the reason, the result can be a flooded home. But if you have a plumber install a water leak detection system, the damage involved will be minimal. When your water leak detection system sees that a leak or a burst pipe has occurred, it will automatically shut off all water. Instead of having to rush outside in sub-zero weather to find the water main and turn it off, the system will do it for you. Once the water is off, your plumber can fix the damage before turning the water to your home back on.Share
14 December 2016
Having a clogged sink, toilet or shower drain is bad. However, you may feel the problem is worse if you don't have a plunger or snake. But what many people do not realize is that there are many items they have in their home that they can use to remove a clog from a drain. A wire hanger or baking soda and vinegar can both be used to free these clogs. My name is Mark and my goal with this website is to educate people on ways to remove clogs so they do not have to call a plumber for something minor that they can do themselves. Just remember that sometimes a plumber will know best, so don't be too stubborn.