Frozen Pipe Troubles – How to Prevent Them


Most homes experience frozen pipes every winter. During this time, temperature levels go below freezing point. Many homeowners usually don’t remember the possibility of having frozen pipes when they travel for vacation.

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If you happen to forget to switch off your taps when away, this can lead to flooding problems which will affect the entire house. This can also result in great damage to properties which are in the house.

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Prevention is the Best Policy

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Why leave water trickling out of your faucet during freezing weather? The reason is water freezes at a lower temperature when it is moving, unlike still water. Consider this theory when you see lakes frozen in the winter while nearby rivers are flowing freely. If you keep a trickle of water flowing from your faucets during freezing temperatures, you will prevent your plumbing pipes from freezing.

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Pipes burst during winter time because people who go out of town always forget to leave their heaters on. They turn them off most times. When temperatures are freezing, it is possible for the internal parts of your house to reach freezing temperatures as well. Even insulated homes cannot prevent pipes from freezing if the heat is turned off. It is recommended that if you are leaving town, you can set your thermostat on low, about 55 degrees. While your home will still be cold, it will be above freezing point.

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To prevent freezing, you can insulate the pipes. You can also protect the external pipes with insulating foam. This will save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in repairs with this bit of preventative maintenance.

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You can turn your water supply completely off if you are going out of town during winter. Remember to run water completely out of the pipes after the main water valve to the home is shut down to ensure that water does not freeze within the pipes.

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Sometimes, despite all these precautions, a pipe may still freeze. You will know when it starts to leak after thawing out. Some pipes will leak slowly while others may burst from the pressure. At this point, the only thing you can do is turn the water supply to the house off and call a plumber.

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A professional is the best recourse in a situation like this.

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