Before Winter Arrives. . . Get Prepared
A major home maintenance disaster is bad enough in itself, but when several disasters happen all at once, well that’s a nightmare. When your water pipes freeze, not only do you have to call a plumber, but that crack in your pipe can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day, causing flood damage, serious structure damage, and the immediate potential for mold damage.
The causes of frozen pipes are quick and sudden drops in temperature, poor insulation, and thermostats that are set too low. Now is the time when the temps are warmer to prepare your home and here are a few preventive precaution steps.
- Insulate your pipes in your crawlspace and in your attic. Exposed pipes are vulnerable, and the more insulation, the better.
- Use approved and tested insulation products for use intended, either indoors or outdoors and make sure to follow the manufacturers’ instructions.
- Seal those leaks near or around the pipes. Electrical wiring outlets, dryer vents, and pipes can be caulked or insulated to keep out the cold air. The least little opening during severe cold weather can cause a pipe to freeze.
- Disconnect garden hoses before winter and if you can drain water from indoor pipes that lead to outside faucets and shut off the valve. This can help prevent that little bit of inside pipe from freezing.