In this Q5 AdvantaClean talks about the dangers of cold weather.
In this Q5, AdvantaClean talks about the dangers of cold weather.
Is the cold weather we’ve been having a danger to pipes in our homes?
Bitter cold weather has hit the Midwest recently with temperatures dipping below zero. That means pipes in homes are in danger of freezing and bursting, leading to an emergency call to the plumber and expensive water damage in the house.
The freezing temperatures of winter pose a major threat to water lines in a home or office. It can be inconvenient and costly, but it is also preventable.
How costly is not protecting pipes against frigid temperatures?
According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, over the past decade, insurance companies have paid out $4 billion in claims for frozen, burst pipes.
What are the best ways to protect pipes in winter?
Insulate exposed water lines. You can buy insulated sleeves from the hardware store which slip easily around exposed pipes in the garage, attic, basement or outside.
Pipes located in these areas are more susceptible to freezing.
Seal leaks or cracks around pipes in the bathroom or kitchen. Cold air can flood through the tiniest crevices. Insulate or caulk around pipes to keep them from freezing.
Leave bathroom/kitchen cabinet doors open.
This will allow warm room air to circulate around the pipes when cold weather invades.
Also, let faucets drip to reduce pressure.
Keep thermostat at the same temperature day and night.
The heating bill may be a bit higher, but it pales in comparison to paying for the damage of a pipe bursting.
Remove hoses from outside faucets.
If you leave hoses connected with water still in them, there’s no place for water from the faucet or the water line to drain.
The trapped water freezes and expands, creating a crack in the line inside the wall of your home, spewing water everywhere.
For the faucets, you can buy an insulated cover or just wrap a towel, foam or even newspaper around the faucet, cover it in plastic and then tape it to hold it in place.
What should a person do if their pipes freeze?
Turn on all faucets to find out which ones are working.
A small trickle of water from one faucet while others are gushing is a good indicator of a frozen line.
Run a hair dryer or heat gun back and forth along the pipe, warming it gradually.
Never put a heat source directly on the pipe, especially if it’s PVC.
It could rupture the pipe. Do not use any open flame.
Check for leaks. If you see any leaks in the pipes, shut off the main water valve to the house and close all faucets.
Add salt to drains. Pour a tablespoon down the drain, but don’t add water.
The sudden temperature change could crack the pipe.
What do you advise people who worry about protecting their homes in winter?
We can’t control bitter cold, but we can take precautions to make sure our homes are safe from water damage as a result of cracked pipes.
– Rimsie McConiga