Now that the winter season is upon us, one of the most common water issues caused by cold weather are frozen pipes.
When it freezes, water in a pipe expands. This creates pressure on the pipe and could cause it to burst, regardless if it is plastic or metal. Pipes that freeze most frequently are swimming pool feeder lines, outdoor hose bibs, water supply lines and unheated interior areas such as basements, attics, garages and crawl spaces. And watch out for pipes that run against exterior walls because their lack of insulation makes them susceptible to freezing.
Ideally, you would have drained the water from your pipes in the fall, before the temperature dipped below zero. Now that we’re in the middle of winter, here are some tips to prevent pipes from freezing now:
If you turn on a faucet and only a bit of water comes out, the pipe is likely frozen. Here’s what you should try to fix the problem:
It's important to keep in mind that thawing the pipes could take a few hours, depending on the situation.
Check with your insurance company to see if your policy covers water damage from burst pipes. If you're interested in keeping track of temperatures in your home or property as well as monitoring water use and protecting your home or property from leaks/floods, have a gander at the Flowie water sensor.
A home free from water damage in winter is not just a pipe dream.
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