Contrary to popular belief, pipes do not only burst in cold climates. They are actually at greater risk of bursting in warmer climates when homeowners fail to insulate them during a cold snap. Below are four steps you can take this winter to prevent costly water damage.
Leave the Heat On
Keeping your heat turned on while you’re away prevents your pipes from freezing and then bursting. While you don’t have to keep your thermostat at the same temperature, it should be at least 50 degrees in the house to transmit some heat to the pipes.
Seal Holes and Cracks Near Pipes
Holes and cracks on floors or walls where pipes run through can let cold air into the house. To prevent this problem, be sure to fill any gaps with spray foam insulation or caulk. You should look for any holes or cracks on both sides of a floor or wall for best results.
Leave a Faucet Dripping Slightly
Leaving at least one faucet in your home dripping allows water to flow through the pipes. Moving water does not freeze as readily as standing water so a little trickle can save you from major damage. Be sure to turn both hot and water knobs slightly if both temperatures of water normally service your pipes.
Consider Adding Insulation
Pipes in your attic, basement, or other difficult to reach areas will benefit from an extra layer of insulation. Fiberglass sleeves or foam rubber make excellent alternatives. Wall and ceiling insulation helps to keep pipes warm as well.
These are just four tips to prevent a huge problem with your pipes this winter. Please contact Irrigation Outlet with additional questions.