Preventing Frozen Pipes in Your Home
When the freezing temperatures begin to set in, you need to take certain precautions to ensure that your home is protected from damage.
If you have any plumbing pipes that are exposed to these extreme temperatures, you could see a pipe burst and in addition to a flood of water in your home, you could be without plumbing until your local plumbing professional arrives to make certain the situation is repaired.
Here are some important things you need to know about dealing with frozen pipes in the home
Why Does a Plumbing System Freeze?
There are many pipes in the home that are not in a heated location, that can easily freeze as the temperatures begins to drop below the freezing point. These pipes can be on the exterior of the home, in the attic, or run behind walls without adequate insulation.
As the temperatures approach freezing, the water in those pipes will begin to freeze and expand, causing the pipe to simply burst. Once the pipe has burst, depending on the location, you could have water rushing behind the walls, in the attic, or flooding a basement. The costs of repair escalates each hour this is not addressed.
How Can I Prevent This?
The one thing that you can do first is to ensure that any exposed pipes are properly insulated. You can purchase pipe insulation to wrap the pipes, or you could add additional insulation behind walls or in attics to protect the pipes.
Remove any outdoor hoses because they could freeze and also cause the pipes in the home to burst. Take those hoses off and place in a garage or shed. Call your local plumbing professional if you are unable to wrap all the pipes, they can make certain the entire system is properly insulated.
The biggest reason for insulating the plumbing system is you will save a tremendous amount of money in repairs if one of those pipes does in fact burst. Water rushing into an attic will quickly destroy the ceiling, then flood the room below.
Each room that is affected by the flooding waters can add up to serious repair costs. The price to pay your local plumbing company to insulate those pipes will ensure the plumbing system is protected this season and many winters that will follow.
Be sure to always prevent frozen pipes in your Hellertown or Fogelsville home. If you’re having issues, Call Schuler Service at (610) 434-7103 today, and get those frozen pipes fixed.