Why Ice and Pipes Don’t Mix

frozen pipesLike it or not, another Midwest winter is arriving fast. Cool autumn days lead to nights that can dip below freezing. This can become an expensive problem if water pipes in your home freeze. A frozen pipe usually leads to a broken pipe, but you can help avoid the cost and inconvenience of broken pipes by following a few simple steps. Here's what you need to know about pipes this winter.

Danger of Ice and Pipes

The danger of ice in the pipes freezing is that water expands when it freezes. This causes a lot of extra pressure on the pipes, which eventually can cause the pipe to burst. The danger of this happening is higher for pipes outdoors or in unheated basements, garages, or attics. Even pipes in the walls can freeze and break if the insulation is insufficient.

Damage from Broken Pipes

Frozen pipes can sometimes be thawed before the pipes actually break. Unfortunately, frozen pipes often aren't detected early enough and the broken pipes result in your home being flooded. This not only causes damage to your belongings and structure of your home, but can also cause future problems like mold growth.

Addressing Water Damage

Whether the pipes are frozen or already broken, it's essential to call a professional right away. A plumber can address the frozen pipes and flooding issue, while a restoration company like LDR Construction Services can ensure proper cleanup of the water damage. But hopefully you can avoid any damage by following a few tips.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

One of the best ways to prevent frozen pipes is to keep a small amount of water dripping from your faucet. This makes it harder for the water to freeze since it is moving. In addition, wrap extra insulation around your pipes and leave cabinet doors open to allow the warm air to better reach the pipes. Never turn the heat below 55 degrees when you'll be away from your home for long periods of time. Save $25 on Air Duct Cleaning - Free Coupon
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