Burst Pipes: How Little Changes Can Prevent a Big Problem

February 14, 2018

frozen pipeIf you live in or around the Chicago area, I’m sure you’re well aware of the emergency we had earlier this winter when everyone’s pipes burst from the super low temperatures we had for several days in a row.

Burst pipes can be an expensive problem. It can ruin your drywall, it can flood your basement and can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage.

I have good news, though.

It’s an easy problem to prevent.

Let’s dig in!

Preventing Burst Pipes

Burst pipes are more common in the winter months as the temperatures drop. When pipes get below a certain degree, the water in your pipes is going to freeze up and expand. When the pressure of the expanding water gets to be too much and the ice has nowhere to go, the pipes burst. Here are some simple tips that can keep those pipes from getting too cold.

Open Cabinet Doors

When it comes to water pipes located under your sink, opening the cabinet doors that enclose them can be a huge help.

By allowing the heat from inside your house to reach the pipes under there it can keep the temperature high enough so any standing water inside them doesn’t get below freezing.

Drip Faucets

You know what moving water can’t do?

Freeze.

If you keep your faucets in your house on a low drip, this will keep just enough flow in the water pipes to prevent them freezing up.

This doesn’t have to be a steady stream. You just need a steady drip from the hot and cold sides to help with this so it won’t really affect your water bill.

Turn Off Water Main

Now this tip is only if you’re going to be gone from your house for an extended period of time. Turning off your water main is going to prevent any water from settling in your pipes while you’re gone and reduce the risk of freezing.

When you do this, you also need to open your lowest faucet. This helps relieve the pressure and drains down the remaining water in the pipes. simply stated, if no water in pipes, nothing can freeze even if the furnace fails you won't come home to a burst pipe.

It’s  important to note, though, when you turn the water back on, make sure you turn it on slowly. You want to fill the pipes gradually.

Still Worried?

If you’re still worried about burst pipes or have more questions, you’ve landed in the right place. Here at DryFX we’re more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact us anytime and one of our specialist will get back to you!

 


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