When water freezes, it expands. This a potential problem for your pipes in the winter. It puts pressure on them and they may burst, causing major damages and expensive repairs. Do your best to prevent frozen pipes this winter with some basic tips.
Preventing Water Pipe Freezing
Pipes exposed to the cold are the most susceptible. This includes outdoor hose bibs, water supply lines, sprinklers, and more. Before the temperature begin to drop to extremes, insulate your pipes. You can use heat tape and certain types of foam to do this. It is best for those pipes that are not aided by the heat in your home. Add some extra insulation to your attic, too. This will help maintain better heat in your home, and for your pipes.
Open the cabinets and other doors to places inside where you have water pipes. This may help circulate the warm air in your home around the pipe and prevent freezing. You can also leave just a little drip of water running overnight, but because about that; you don’t want that water freezing as it moves in your pipes outdoors in severely cold weather.
If you believe you have frozen pipes, you may be able to save them from damage. Check the pipes you can see for signs such as frost on their exteriors. Apply mild heat to the area. You can use a heating blanket or hair dryer on a low setting. Be cautious when doing this. When in doubt, always call a professional plumber.
Sometimes, no matter how hard we try to prevent them, water pipe repairs must be done. If you have frozen pipes, or pipe damage in Texas, call us at (214) 402-5454 and we will handle it for you.