The Cold Season Challenges Us to Avoid Frozen Water Pipes
One of the biggest mistakes a Tulsa homeowner can make is the failure to winterize water pipes. When water inside a pipe freezes, it expands exerting a force on the pipe that can and often will cause it to fail. Additionally, tiny cracks can release massive amounts of water over a short period of time causing expensive structural damage. The good news is that there is a lot you can do to prevent water pipes from bursting in the winter. Preventing busted pipes is easy.
Pipes Exposed to the Environment Are Prone to Freezing and Failure
First, when preventing busted pipes in the winter, close all vents. Also, caulk and seal any air leaks in your homes foundation. Keep the garage door closed and add insulation to external pipes that are exposed. Foam and even electrical tape are effective insulation for under the home. Both can be used for outdoor applications. You can purchase foam specifically created to insulate water pipes at most local hardware stores.
In addition, disconnect water hoses and, if possible, turn of valves that lead to external faucets. If you are going out of town you may consider turning of the water at the main to avoid trouble while you’re away. When shutting water down, remember to drain the pipe by opening the external valve(s).
Dripping Faucets are Effective at Preventing Busted Pipes
Leaking faucets can be a nuisance but with freezing temperatures it’s actually beneficial to let water drip a little bit. Dripping outlets means moving water and reduced pressure inside to the pipe. The two of these combined means considerably less chance that the water will freeze. As a result, there will be less chance that there will be damage from a broken pipe if it does.
Keep an Eye on the Thermostat to Avoid Busted Water Pipes
The warmth of your home protects pipes from freezing. Keeping the interior of your house open allows for more even heat distribution. Opening up cabinet doors allows heat to travel to pipes under sinks. Most experts recommend setting thermostats no lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit in order to avoid damage from freezing outdoor temperatures.
If you or a friend has run into water damage from broken pipes, you need a Tulsa Restoration Specialist that has years of experience restoring damaged homes. Assurance Restoration sets the standard for disaster restoration in Tulsa. Call us now for a free consultation. Our Tulsa restoration professionals are ready to serve you.