Avoid Frozen Pipes This Holiday Season!
There’s nothing worse than plumbing issues over the holiday season! Frozen pipes not only cause unnecessary stress, they can cause costly damage to your home. Here’s how you can protect your pipes from freezing:
Preventing Frozen Pipes
- Install pipes in an insulated area
- Bury pipes below the frost line
- Install pipes where heat is accessible. Avoid attics, garages, and sheds.
- Fit pipes with insulated sleeves
- Letting a faucet drip during the extreme cold will keep the water running, avoiding pipe bursts.
- Run hot water through a line to break up any ice forming
- If away from home, set thermostat no lower than 55 degrees.
Nothing stops you in your tracks like having your pipes freeze. If you have a second home that is left vacant during the winters, make sure it is winterized before coming back in the spring to find a wet mess.
Fixing Frozen or Broken Pipes
- Immediately turn off water supply
- Research pipe schematics for your home
- Locate the cracked pipe and replace broken sections with insulation
- Shut off electrical current for the area affected
- Contact a plumbing professional immediately for emergency repairs
If you suspect your pipes are frozen, it’s important to act immediately. Don’t let frozen pipes cause damage in your home. Call McHales!