Frozen Pipes Can Lead to Flooding

Plumbing located within exterior walls or unheated crawl spaces is most vulnerable to freezing or bursting. These precautions can help prevent damage to pipes and subsequent flooding:

  • All interior pipes should be insulated or have wall insulation around them, especially in vulnerable areas such as attics, crawl spaces and along outside walls.
  • Use weather-resistant insulation to protect exterior pipes.
  • Cabinet doors under sinks should be kept open during a heavy freeze to allow heat to circulate around pipes.
  • Hire a professional to winterize the outdoor sprinkler system and remove all residual water, which can freeze and cause pipes to burst.
  • Disconnect exterior hoses from their faucets and install frost-free hoses for hose bibs.
  • Properly insulate unfinished areas such as basements and garages, where pipes may be exposed.
  • Keep your thermostat set at a minimum of 55 degrees in the winter.
  • Install a low temperature sensor if you are away from home often. It will activate your alarm system if the home temperature falls below a pre-set level.
  • If you suspect a frozen pipe, shut off the water main source and call a plumber.

For more home winterization tips, read these other recent posts: Stay Safe, But Stay Warm and Your Roof is No Place for a Dam.

 

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