As we welcome in the new year, winter temperatures are causing water pipes to freeze across America. As water freezes inside a pipe, the pressure is increased, causing pipes to rupture and leak gallons of water. This increases the risk of flooding, increased utility bills, and water damage for both homeowners and business owners. As the most reputable provider of plumbing repairs in Bethlehem, PA, we’ve created this infographic showing essential steps to take in the event of a pipe burst. After reviewing the infographic, continue reading for tips on preventing frozen pipes.
Let Your Faucet Drip
If you are concerned that one of your pipes will freeze, we recommend opening the faucet and allowing it to drip slightly. This action will help to relieve pressure inside your plumbing system. With an open tap, if your pipe freezes, there will be less pressure that could make it burst. If the faucet serves both hot and cold water pipes, keep both taps open. Alternatively, set a single handle faucet to warm and let it drip gently as a preventative measure.
Keep the Heating Turned On
If you are planning a winter vacation, make sure that you leave the heating on inside your property. Don’t worry about utility bills; the heat is an excellent way to prevent pipes from busting, which will cost significantly more than an average heating bill. The heat does not have to be set as high as it would be if you were at home, but we recommend keeping it above 50 F. This temperature is ideal for keeping the pipes nice and warm and preventing any water that’s inside them from freezing.
Seal up Gaps, Cracks, and Holes
In the spaces where pipes run through floors and walls, be sure to fill up any gaps with a sealant. We recommend using foam insulation or caulk spray to efficiently complete this task. If possible, seal holes along the exterior and interior of the floor or wall. The cold air that leaks into a building through these holes can lower temperatures in your water pipes, which can eventually lead to freezing and bursting.
For more information, or to schedule heating installation in Easton, PA, contact a member of the Curtis Total Service team today.