Preventing Bursting Pipes This Winter: Preventative Steps To Take

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A pipe bursting in your home may not sound that bad, but it could potentially allow several gallons of water to flow freely into your home, causing a lot of damage. If this is something that goes unnoticed, it could be thousands of gallons and create a major disaster on your hands. Preventing this type of disaster is very important, and as a homeowner, you should be prepared for anything, including something like this. Preventative steps should be taken in order to prevent this from happening. Read on for a few things you can do.

1. Wrap Pipes

Wrapping your pipes in insulation can help prevent them from freezing. If they are in your crawl space or your basement and you are able to get to them easily, consider wrapping them with pipe insulation to protect them from getting too cold. These areas, even if they are inside your home, can get cold if there isn't enough heat getting to them, and they can freeze. If you have pipes that lead outside, you should definitely wrap these pipes to ensure they do not freeze during cold winter months.

2. Adjust Your Thermostat Accordingly

If you aren't going to be home, be sure you keep the temperature in your home set to no lower than 64 degrees to prevent pipes from freezing. Pipes that are located in crawl spaces, basements, or beneath the home can freeze easily if the temperature in your home gets too low. Don't turn off your thermostat if you are going on an extended vacation either, as the temperature in the house will get too cold. 

3. Allow Faucets To Drip

If you are in the middle of a severe cold snap, be sure you leave the faucet to drip to allow water to flow freely through your pipes and out of the faucet. During extremely cold temperatures, you could end up with frozen pipes even if your home is warm enough, as the water sitting in the pipes can still freeze, especially pipes located in a crawl space. They can just drip a little bit; they don't have to be a steady stream.

A burst pipe in your home can cost you thousands of dollars in repair costs for the damage to your home and for the plumbing repairs that will be needed. Prevent a disaster such as this from occurring by using the preventative tips above. If you do end up with an emergency issue with your plumbing, call your local plumbing contractor services right away.

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