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Frozen Pipes….How to prevent them, and what to do when one bursts

18 Jan 2016 | Under Uncategorized | Posted by | 0 Comments

What Causes Frozen Pipes?

The water inside pipes can freeze when outdoor temperatures drop below freezing. As freezing water expands, it causes the pressure inside the pipes to increase, possibly leading to bursting pipes.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside walls, attics or crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest
Seal air leaks surrounding or near pipes
Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage
Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems
Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing
Keep heat at 55 degrees F. or higher even when you are out of town
During a cold spell turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water to run during the night
If you need to be away from home, leave the heat on and drain your water system before you go
Identify the locations of shutoff valves so that you are prepared to stop the flow of water as soon as possible when a pipe bursts

What to Do When Pipes Freeze or Burst
If pipes freeze:
Open all faucets
Remove insulation and wrap pipes in rags
If all else fails, call your plumber

If pipes burst:
Shut off the water immediately to prevent additional damage
Take proper precautions to avoid an electrical shock from being in or near standing water
Take an inventory of any damaged property or possessions
Contact your insurance office to help you locate a vendor specializing in emergency water mitigation services that can properly dry out the damaged area