For most of the year, the temperatures are warm enough that they do not cause any issues with the drainage systems or pipes in your home. But, when winter hits, the temperatures begin to drop, and the pipes can begin to freeze. Most susceptible are those pipes that are outside of your home, as they are directly exposed to the lower temperatures. The cold temperatures and the freezing water inside the pipes create a massive amount of pressure. Which eventually can cause them to crack and or burst. A burst pipe is a reason to be concerned, as this allows for water to escape which leads to water damage. If not caught in time, the water damage can get to the point where the damage is so serious that you will need a water damage restoration expert to help rectify the damage caused by a single burst pipe.
In an effort to help out, we asked our expert to share some of their top tips to prevent your pipes from bursting this winter.
One of the major reasons why pipes freeze in the first place, is because they are exposed to the extreme cold. When the temperature drops, the pipes lose whatever heat is left on their surfaces. You can prevent this heat loss by protecting the pipes from the cold temperature, you can wrap specially manufactured foam around each pipe or cover them in heat tape.
It is easier for stagnant water to freeze versus water in motion. This is because running water generates internal energy. If you leave one or two faucets dripping in your home, the heat generated by the water running from the pipes to the faucets will help prevent your pipes from freezing.
Before the winter begins, you can carry out a full-scale inspection of the drainage system in your home to check for pipes that have cracks or openings in them. Fixing the damaged pipes will go a long way in preventing them from bursting in the future.
If you are planning on leaving your home for an extended period of time this winter season, you should consider lowering the thermostat only a few degrees below where you normally have it set. This will help you reduce you energy bills slightly, while still maintaining a warm enough internal temperature where your pipes will not be affected. If you have a smart thermostat, you can save even more money on energy bills by setting a schedule for your system to run on.
One guaranteed way of preventing your pipes from freezing and bursting during winter is to keep your garage doors closed, especially if water supply lines in your home pass through your garage. In moderate weather, garages are usually cold, and closing them during winter will prevent more cold air from entering. You can take this a step further by insulating your garage doors. This will help keep your garage warmer as the insulated doors will help keep the cold temperatures out, further protecting your pipes.
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