Are Your Pipes at Risk of Freezing?
The freezing temperatures of winter have settled into the Granite State, and that means your water pipes may be vulnerable to costly damages. Water expands as it freezes, and the incredible pressure of this expansion could be too much for metal or plastic pipes.
You may think that since your home is warm you are safe, but think again. The location and temperature conditions of certain pipes can put them at risk. You need to do an assessment of where all your pipes are and protect them accordingly.
The types of pipes that freeze most often are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
Prevent from the Outside In
First, you need to detach your garden hoses, shut off the water supply and drain the spigots during the winter. Here’s why:
Prevent Exposed Interior Plumbing from Frost
Plumbing in areas of the home that are not heated, like in the garage or a crawl space, for example, is at risk of freezing.
Prevent Freezing in Poorly-Insulated Walls
If your exterior walls lack proper insulation, pipes within them can freeze (if you have an older home, you can tell if this has happened before if you see signs of water damage, moisture or mold).
Protect Pipes While on Vacation
Many people take a winter vacation, but before you do, take measures to protect your home and prevent frozen pipes while you are away.
In addition to causing extensive water damage, frozen pipes can disrupt your service of water and cost thousands in repairs that stem from more than just the immediate water cleanup. Moisture damage can hurt the integrity of the home’s structure, and lead to wood rot and mold. Because of this, any money spent to prevent frozen pipes is a wise investment.
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