Preventing Burst Pipes
When temperatures plummet, pipes start freezing. When frozen pipes start bursting, our phones ring off the hook.
These tips can help prevent burst pipes in your home or business.
Heat Your Home
It may seem like a no-brainer, but every year we get at least one call from a homeowner who thought it would be okay to leave the heat off while the house was empty. Some sunny days when the temperatures are in the 40s, you may get away with cutting off the heat while you are away. Still, it is best to keep your house and pipes warm once temperatures head towards freezing and below. And you should not be afraid to turn the heat up a little higher when temperatures flirt with zero.
Service Your Heating System
Leaving the heat on will not do much good if the boiler quits on you. Annual maintenance on your system should ensure that your furnace or boiler will continue to provide heat through the winter.
Wrap Vulnerable Pipes
Some pipes are vulnerable to dips in temperature, particularly those in basements, attics, or other unheated areas. Wrap these pipes in insulation to keep them from freezing.
Drip the Faucets
When temperatures hit single digits, many homes that never have an issue with frozen pipes suddenly do. Running water with a slow drip through a cold and a hot faucet will keep the water moving through the pipes and prevent freezing.
Pipes in closed cabinets or closets may not be benefiting from the heat in your home. Open up cabinet and closet doors on cold nights to allow warm air to circulate around your pipes.
Have Someone Check Your Home
If you travel during winter months, you should arrange for someone to check your house on a regular basis. They can alert you if the heat goes out or a pipe bursts, so a small problem does not become a major disaster. Ask them for special attention when the weather turns frigid—turning up heat and dripping faucets, for example.
Thaw Frozen Pipes
If water will not flow through a faucet, you probably have a frozen pipe. Follow these tips to locate the problem and thaw the pipe before it bursts.
Of course, should you do your best and still a pipe bursts, SERVPRO of Lexington-Bedford is here 24/7 to take your emergency calls. Once your plumber has fixed the pipe, we will help make it, “Like it never even happened.”