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.
Add Emergency Plumbing Service To Your Contact List- Add Emergency Plumbing Service to your contact list on your cellphone or keep our number handy by your landline, 740-548-5453. We are available to service your plumbing issues 24/7.
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