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Tips from SERVPRO on How To Prevent Frozen Pipes and Bursting

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Plumbing pipes that have frost on it and frozen water hanging from the valve Frozen Pipes Like This Can Be Prevented

Our long, cold and dreary Winter months lead to many emergency water losses caused by frozen pipes that burst.  As a general rule of thumb, in order for your home's water pipes to freeze, the outside temperature needs to be below 20 degrees, for a total of at least six consecutive hours.  The following are some helpful tips to help combat the cold this winter:

 Tips To Prevent Frozen Pipes and Bursting

1. Keep Water Faucets Running

If it is extremely cold outside, always keep one or two faucets running, very slowly. Water moving through the system should prevent the line from freezing.

2. Direct Warm Air To Cold Areas Of Your Home

Often, the pipes that freeze are located near an outside wall or a window, so be sure to direct warm air to any colder areas of your home. (Start in your basement and look for any pipes near the exterior of the home).

3. Leave Your Cabinet Doors Open

If your kitchen sink is on an outside wall (as it usually is), be sure to leave cabinet doors open to allow warm air into the cabinet. Your kitchen faucet is usually a good water source to leave on, but very slowly, during extremely cold weather.

4. Disconnect Your Hose From The Outside Faucet

Be sure to disconnect your hose from the outside faucet. If you leave your hose connected, water is not able to drain out of your hose bib which can cause it to break.

5. Install Heat Tape

Heat tape is a great tool to use when it is extremely cold. Homeowners can install this tape themselves and it will warm pipes as needed during cold weather.

6. Seal Leaks That Allow Cold Air Into Your Home

Sealing leaks that allow cold air into your home where pipes are located is very important. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze in your home.

7. Check Your Home's Temperature

Prevent temperatures from dropping below 32 degrees in any area of your home where water lines are located.

8. Call An Expert Plumber

An expert licensed plumber will be able to locate weak spots in your plumbing lines and hopefully prevent potential pipe bursts from happening.

The certified water restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc are help to help you with all of your emergency water damage needs.  Call (920) 674-3002 and speak with a trained professional who can help you get the process going.  

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