Preventing Frozen Pipes

Do you know what causes pipes to freeze? Outside water coming into your home during the winter months is significantly colder than it is during the summer. Pipes weaken from contracting during contact with cold water, and the weakened areas are subject to cracks and leaks.

As water freezes in a crack, it expands and can cause the pipe to burst. As a result, your home can suffer hundreds to thousands of dollars in plumbing damages. Unfortunately, it’s not practical to heat up the temperature of the ground water surrounding your home.

Your best move is to immediately check your pipes for leaks upon temperature changes.



How To Prevent Frozen Pipes :

Here are some helpful tips to prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting during the coldest winter months:

• Pipes most prone to freezing are the ones located near windows and outside walls. Check the lines near the exterior of your home and your basement. Once you’ve located at-risk pipes, direct warm air to those colder areas of your home.
• When outside temps are extremely cold, allow one or two faucets to slowly run. This step is particularly important if the heat was to stop working in your home. As water moves through the pipes, it makes it impossible for it to stand still long enough to freeze in the pipe.
• Check your kitchen sink to see if it’s located on an outside wall. If so, allow warm air to enter the cabinet by just leaving the cabinet doors open. Your kitchen faucet should be left slowly running during extreme cold.
• Hoses should be detached from all outside faucets. When hoses are left attached, the water can’t drain from the hydrant. Frozen and ruptured pipes are likely to follow.

Use heat tapes to keep your pipes warm during extremely cold weather conditions.

• You should check the temperatures throughout your home everywhere your pipes are located. These temperatures shouldn’t be below 32 degrees.
• Inspect for any areas of your home with leaks that allow cold air to enter. Look around at-risk areas like electrical wiring, pipes, and dryer vents. Seal the leaks and prevent the cold air from entering by using caulk or insulation. Remember, in extremely cold weather conditions, even the tiniest opening can allow cold air into your home that can freeze your pipes.
• Have your plumbing system professionally examined by a licensed plumber. Your plumber can provide invaluable advice on how to prevent frozen pipes.

Call ESCO Heating, AC, Plumbing & Electric today for a free consultation and to ask all your questions about how to prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting during extreme weather conditions.