Temperatures are dropping, and that means hot chocolate, snowmen, and freezing pipes. Winter usually comes upon us fast and we know how to physically prepare ourselves. Yet one thing we don’t always remember is the danger of freezing pipes. Properly preparing your home or business for the winter is also crucial and necessary. If you do discover freezing pipes, there are some do-it-yourself things to try before it’s time to call in the experts.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Experts suggest opening at least one faucet when the temperatures drop below freezing during the winter. Focus on choosing the sink farthest away from the location where water usually flows into the home or business. Open the faucet to a slow, steady flow. This can typically prevent freezing pipes or even keep pipes from bursting because it releases pressure buildup. Other ways to protect your pipes include insulating those pipes that are most exposed to the harsh outdoor elements which will keep the water warmer. Another option is to install a dome cover on an outdoor faucet to prevent freezing pipes and leaks. Any of these methods are worth a shot at protecting your location from potential flooding.
What to Do If Your a Pipe Does Freeze
If your home or business does experience freezing pipes, there are several methods you can try before calling a professional. Continue to keep your faucets open with free flowing water. You can also apply heat by using electric heating pads, a hair dryer, hot towels or space heaters to the frozen areas. A licensed professional is your next step to resolving this serious issue if none of these methods are working or especially if flooding has developed.
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