At AdvantaClean, we get dozens of calls related to frozen pipes and water damage during the winter months. And it's not just copper and metal pipes that can freeze and burst - even the more modern plastic and PVC pipes can become victims of the cold weather.
By taking these simple preventive measures, you can save you a lot of money and heartache.
- Insulate all pipes throughout your home - particularly in crawlspaces and attics (these exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing).
- Look for and seal all leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located, especially around electrical wiring and vents.
- Disconnect outdoor garden hoses and shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
- Try not to let your plumbing go idle. Each day, try to run at least some water from as many fixtures - sinks, toilets, tubs - as you can. Even a trickle of hot and cold water running through all of your houses pipes might be all it takes to keep your pipes from freezing.
- If you have any uninsulated pipes that are hidden under sinks or in closets, open up cabinets and doors to allow room heat to get to them.
- If you leave your home for a few days or take a winter vacation, keep the heat on. Make sure you set the thermostat no lower than 55°F.
- If you turn on your faucets and nothing comes out, leave the faucets turned on and then call a professional plumber.
- If you suspect or know that your water pipes have frozen and burst, turn off the water at the main shut-off valve and leave the water faucets turned on.
- If you have visible water damage, or suspect a hidden leak, call AdvantaClean.