Freezing Weather & Frozen Pipes
One of the biggest reasons for water remediation calls every winter is the damage caused by frozen pipes. When water freezes, it can expand by almost 10% of its liquid volume size. Frozen water in your pipes can increase the pressure so much that the pipe itself can crack or even break open completely. Here are some tips to prepare your pipes for the extra cold weather heading our way in the upcoming weeks.
- Even if your home or business is vacant, you should keep the internal temperature around 68 degrees.
- Wrap pipes, especially those along external walls, with insulation or heating tape.
- Disconnect outside garden hoses and place overs on all outside faucets.
- Open cabinet doors below sinks if located along exterior wall to allow home’s heat to circulate around sink and dishwasher pipes.
- Add additional insulate outside walls that house any pipes or plumbing.
With freezing temperatures forecasted in the coming days, it is more important now than ever to keep an eye on your home or business’ water pipes. If a frozen pipe leads to water damage in your home this winter, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Columbia and Greene Counties 24/7.