3 Tips for Preventing Burst Pipes
Frozen & Burst Pipes
As we sit in the midst of the so-called “polar vortex” you may find yourself anxiously awaiting a plumbing disaster. If you’ve ever had a frozen or burst pipe, you know exactly the feeling I’m talking about. Whether you wake in the middle of the night to the sound of gushing water, or you walk down to the basement to discover an icicle hanging from the pipes near the ceiling, the cold temperatures affect plumbing fixtures of all kinds in many different ways.
There are simple steps that you can take to reduce the risk of frozen and burst pipes.
Turn It Up! Some homeowners, in an attempt to save money, will turn the heat off or way down while they are out of town. Allowing your heat to get below 55 degrees Fahrenheit puts your pipes at high risk for freezing. The cost of keeping your home at a reasonable temperature is worth saving yourself the cost and headache of frozen and burst pipes.
Drip, Drip, Drip Don’t be afraid to leave both the hot and cold water running, just at a trickle. The constant flow of water can prevent the pipes from freezing. The hot water can be run at a slow dribble. The cold water should be run at a slightly faster drip.
Protect Your Pipes Knowing where your exposed pipes are allows you to insulate the pipes or heat the area where these at-risk plumbing is housed. The most common burst pipes are typically found in garages, crawl spaces, or uninsulated outside walls. Putting pipe insulators around your vulnerable pipes can reduce the risk of freezing. Space heaters in at-risk areas can help keep the temperature up, too.
As the warm up approaches, you may discover that the deep freeze affected your pipes more than you thought. Of course, if you encounter a frozen, broken, or burst pipe in your home, we want to help you. If you’ve noticed ice, flooding, leaks or uncharacteristically low water pressure, schedule an appointment with a Benjamin Franklin Plumber today!
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