Steps To Winter-Proof Your Pipes
Colder weather is just around the corner!
Whether you're nestled along the Tennessee in Bridgeport, or you're tucked away on the mountain in Mentone, you've experienced the severe winters these past few years. Plunging temperatures can cause everything from puddles to ponds to pipes to freeze-especially pipes. Taking steps to prevent the freezing of these pipes in your home is very important. While SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties is here to help you after disaster, we want to make sure disaster never strikes for you!
Trouble Areas to Check
It is obvious that any sort of outdoor piping such as spigots and sprinklers are more susceptible to freezing than indoor piping. One thing that many don't consider, though, is that some indoor piping is more susceptible to freezing than other pipes due to their location inside the home. There are two main areas to treat before heading into winter weather:
- Pipes outside or on the exterior of your house.
- Exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home.
Protecting your Outdoor Piping
Something as simple as a water hose can pose a serious threat to the composition of your pipes. Although a busted water hose can seem harmless enough (after all, you can buy a new water hose cheap!), it may prove to be a bigger problem than you might think. For instance, if your water hose is not drained, the water can back up into the pipes in your house. When the water on the outside freezes, the water that was backed up to the inside pipes will also freeze. It is common knowledge that water expands when it freezes. So, when the water inside your pipes freeze, the pipes burst causing stress and worry on you.
Unheated/Exposed Indoor Plumbing
Opposed to the common idea that basement pipes are the most likely to burst, pipes in unheated attics, garages, and crawl spaces are the most likely to burst. An easy way to ensure these pipes are safe during winter is coating the pipe with foam installation. For more severely unheated/exposed areas, heat tape, or tape that will use energy create heat once below a certain temperature, can be wrapped around at-risk pipes.
For the Unexposed At-Risk Pipes
If there are pipes that reside within walls that have been problems in the past, it is best to get those checked out. Signs of pipe damage within walls could be that the affected area is darker than other areas of the wall. More extreme signs are moist walls and mold accumulation local to one area. If these signs are visible, give your local SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties a call!
Heading South for Winter?
If you plan to leave your house vacant for the colder winter months, there are two extra measures to take to ensure your home isn't a pond when you return home.
- Set your thermostat to go no lower than 55 degrees
- Shutoff all water supplies and open all faucets, toilets, showerheads, and spigots for draining (leaving no residual water in normally active pipes)
About SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties
SERVPRO of Jackson and Dekalb Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
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