When water in a pipe freezes, it increases pressure in the entire plumbing system which can cause the pipe to break. A blockage from frozen water not only prevents water from flowing through but it can also burst and cause even more problems. Avoid frozen pipes by following the six steps below:
- Insulate pipes. Make sure there aren’t any gaps between any of the pipes and the insulation. The more insulated the pipes are, the better protected they will be. Keep an eye out for pipes that have been frozen before or those that are exposed to unheated areas of the house (i.e., attic, garage, or crawlspace, etc).
- Keep pipes warm. Wrap pipes in heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables. Always read safety information and instructions before doing it yourself.
- Seal. Even a small opening can let frozen air in and cause a pipe to freeze. Seal up any leaks or cracks with caulk or insulation.
- Winterize pipes. Disconnect garden hoses and turn outside faucets and spigots off. Failure to do this can cause frozen water from the hose to back up into the spigot until it reaches your pipes.
- Have a backup. Add a battery backup to the sump pump so it can pump water out in the event of a power outage.
- Call an expert. If you are unsure if your pipes are prepared for freezing temperatures, call one of our experts. A technician will go to your house and make sure your pipes are protected. If you want to be extra cautious, you can ask them to empty out the drains and traps and replace it with non-toxic antifreeze.