Each year around this time, we begin to worry about frozen pipes. By now, it’s probably a little too late as we’ve had plenty of subfreezing nights already! Frozen pipes are a nightmare that cause thousands of dollars in water damage. The good news? There are a few ways to help mitigate this hazard!
DRAIN YOUR SPRINKLER LINES & HOSE BIBS
If you have a sprinkler system, it is wise to have the remaining water removed prior to the first deep freeze. This is also true for your outside hose bibs. Ron Burris, owner of Beastbay Plumbing and a Master Plumber in Oakland said, “one of the easiest things to do is to be sure to disconnect garden hoses from the outside faucets. If you don’t, you’re taking an unnecessary risk.” Many people choose to have their sprinkler systems “blown-out” with pressurized air to ensure as much water is removed as possible. Even a little bit of water can cause problems when it freezes and expands.
ADD INSULATION WHERE POSSIBLE
You’ll typically see frozen pipes in areas of the home that are either uninsulated or under insulated. This may include basements and/or attic spaces. You may be able to use foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves to improve your chances of avoiding a catastrophe! This is a pretty affordable way to add insulation if the pipes are exposed.
APPLY HEATING TAPE
Heating tape supplies heat directly to a pipe, keeping it warmer than it might normally be. It doesn’t have to keep the pipe very warm, just above freezing. This works well in areas that are more easily accessible and are typically used in short sections of pipe that are highly susceptible to freezing.
These are but a few ideas to help keep your water flowing this winter. The team at Disaster Response is ready to get your life back to normal if a pipe burst should occur. Give us a call at 844-315-3100 and we’ll be on our way!