Preventing Frozen Pipes
As the cold winter months rapidly approach us, frozen pipes become a regular occurrence throughout the region. Since water stored in these pipes expands once frozen, the expansion places pressure on the containing pipe, including both metal and plastic pipes. This pressure can cause the pipes to crack and break, potentially causing a problem to you and your home. To ensure that this does not happen once the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, here are some basic preventative tips:
- Drain the water from all pool and sprinkler supply lines.
- Remove, drain, and store hoses that are used outdoors. Also, be sure to close the inside valves supplying the outdoor hose spouts. Keep these open to allow all the water remaining in the pipe to drain.
- Know where your water supply lines are in unheated areas. Make sure these pipes are insulated, to ensure the security and safety of them.
- Think about insulating water pipes with materials such as pipe sleeve(s) or heat tape and cable to protect pipes that are exposed. This can serve as an extra barrier for extreme freezing weather.
- Keep your garage doors closed.
- Keep your thermostat at the same temperature during the daytime and nighttime. If you are away from your home for an extended period of time, be sure to set the temperature in your home no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit (American Red Cross).
Here at SERVPRO of Southern Worcester County, we want you and your family to be prepared for the worst, as the weather rapidly drops to freezing temperatures. By ensuring that your pipes are up to the proper safety specifications, you will hopefully survive the winter seasons without having to worry about a broken pipeline.
If you have any questions or concerns, call us at (508) 234-3399 or visit our website.