Did you know that even the smallest crack in a burst pipe, whether the pipe material is copper, galvanized steel, PVC, CPVC, or PEX, can expel hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water in a short period? This can lead to flooding, property damage, and even mold. Benjamin Franklin said it best when he said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Performing the following steps before a deep freeze is essential in helping prevent frozen busted pipes.
- Locate Your Main Water Shut Off Valve: This first step is key to any situation in your house when it comes to your plumbing. Make sure several people in your household know where your main water shut-off valve is located and how to shut it off. It could save you $$$$$$.
- Exposed Pipes Should Be Insulated: Insulate any exposed exterior pipes or pipes that you have had issues with freezing in the past.
- Caulk & Seal Any Air Leaks: Check around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes for gaps and seal any air leaks.
- Keep A Faucet Steadily Dripping: As long as temperatures are below 32°F, keep a faucet steadily dripping.
- Open Cabinet Doors: Keep cabinet doors under sinks open, to allow warm air to pipes. If you have little ones, make sure you move any harsh cleaning products to a higher surface.
- Keep Thermostat No Colder Than 55° F: Keep your thermostat at least 55°F even when you are sleeping or away during harsh temperatures outside.
- Keep Your Garage Doors Closed: We have several calls where the bathroom pipes over the garage have frozen and busted. When you keep the garage doors closed, it helps keep a warmer temperature in your garage and keeps out the wind.
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