Frozen pipes are a major plumbing concern in the winter. When the temperature dips down, water freezes and expands. The expansion of the water pushes on the walls of your pipes. In some cases, a frozen pipe can break. Clearly, this can cause a plumbing disaster at the most inconvenient time of the year. Below are some preventative measures you can take to prevent this scenario from happening.
- Insulate any exposed pipes in your home. Usually, exposed pipes are located in basements and attics.
- Keep your garage doors closed if that is where the water supply lines are located.
- When it is particularly cold outside, allow cold water to drip from the faucet. Running even a little bit of water through your pipes can prevent freezing.
- If you are going away for the winter, set your thermostat no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
We understand that things happen and pipes break. If this happens to you, turn to the professional plumbers at Blue Mountain. We are fully licensed, insured and have many years of experience in the residential plumbing industry. A broken pipe doesn’t have to break your heart. Call (540) 942-2700 and we’ll mend the situation in no time!
Web Source: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/winter-storm/preventing-thawing-frozen-pipes