With winter weather bringing cold and snow to many areas, most of us are scrambling to get firewood, pull out our warm clothing, and have our furnaces inspected. However, pipes are not used to the cold temperatures and could end up bursting, leading to water and heating problems for homeowners. As the leading provider of furnace replacement in Nazareth, PA, we’ve shared some tips in the infographic below on how to prevent your pipes from bursting this winter. After reviewing the infographic, continue reading for more information on each tip:
Why Do Pipes Freeze?
In winter weather, when temperatures plummet, the water that has accumulated inside your pipes freezes. As it freezes, it expands, causing extreme pressure. Over time, the ice can create enough pressure to lead to cracked or burst pipes. Just 1/8th of an inch crack can release roughly 250 gallons of water per day. This water can cause severe damage to the structural integrity of a property.
Allow Your Faucet to Drip
While many people perceive a dripping faucet as a problem that requires attention, during the winter, it’s OK to allow the faucet to drip a little. A small amount of water flow will take the pressure off your pipes. Lower pressure decreases the chances of the pipes bursting.
Seal All Leaks and Cracks
During the winter, caulking can be incredibly useful. You’ll need to keep as much cold air out of the house as possible. Inspect your home carefully, making sure that you have identified all visible cracks or leaks. Check near windows, electrical wiring, dryer vents, and any pipes. Once you’ve found any gaps, use a caulk gun to apply a liberal amount of caulk and seal the areas.
Check Your Thermostat
If you’re going on vacation, keep the heat turned up to a minimum of 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Although it’s a tough decision to keep paying for heat while you’re away, you’ll save cash in the long run as your house will be warmer, and you can avoid bursting pipes. Water damage can cost thousands of dollars to repair, which is a lot more than a few extra dollars on your utility bill.
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For additional information, or to schedule heating system repairs in Macungie, PA, contact a member of our team today.