Winter is approaching fast and everyone fears having frozen pipes. While it is true that old homes are more likely to suffer from things like frozen pipes, it can happen to anyone, anywhere. The risk of frozen pipes depends on where in your home the pipes are located and the insulation method used to protect them. Water expands when it freezes, which can result to leaking or bursting of weak pipes.
What to Do When A Frozen Pipe Bursts
- Shut off water supply - Make sure that you know where the main water valve is in case of emergencies, You should shut it off right away.
- Call your insurance company - When something like this happens, make sure to call your homeowner’s insurance. Issues like this are often covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy.
- Contact a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO and a plumber - SERVPRO of Manchester is a 24hr water and fire mitigation company and will respond right away to help with emergency services and making sure water damage does not cause further damage after a frozen pipe burst.
Prevent Frozen Pipes From Bursting
The easiest way to prevent pipes from bursting is to prevent pipes from freezing in the first place. There are a few things you can do to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting when it gets cold. Here are a few tips that can help avoid frozen pipe damage.
- Avoid Extreme Temperatures - Make sure the temperature in your home is no lower than 65F. If you are going to be gone for a long time, turn off your water with the shut off valve to prevent freezing and bursting.
- Insulate your Pipes - Make sure you insulate your indoor pipes residing in cold areas such as garages, attics, or basements, with a heated reflector light or expanding foam. Proper insulation is important to keep pipes warm from the inside so they don’t freeze
- Don't Leave Still Water in Pipes - When the weather gets too cold, you should let water drip from your faucet. While the dripping might be irritating, this will help prevent water from freezing. You can detect a frozen pipe if the faucet stops working, or the toilet doesn’t refill.
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