As you all know, winter is right around the corner waiting to catch every Missourian with freezing winds, inches of white powdery snow, and of course what we all anxiously wait for, ICE. As homeowners, you would think that there is no possible way that the pipes in your home are going to freeze and bust because of the precautionary steps taken with in the interior of your home to keep that from happening. That’s great, but what exterior precautionary measures were made? Let us, as United Services, help you understand simple tips to assure the EXTERIOR of your home is winterized.
Why do Pipes Freeze?
Before discussing the tips on how to prevent your pipes from freezing, the real question is, do you personally know how pipes freeze? It’s simple: when winter approaches temperatures begin to drop lower and lower to the freezing point of 32 degrees. When these temperatures begin dropping below the freezing point and remain below this point for extended hours, exposed pipes are put at risk of shattering. Understand that it is not the ice swelling in place that causes the pipe to explode; it’s the pressure from the unfrozen water between the ice and the closed faucet that that is primary culprit for the unwanted rupture of your frozen pipes. When this happens, the burst pipes can release hundreds of gallons of water per hour, causing thousands of dollars in damage to repair. You might ask yourself the question: how as a homeowner can I prevent this? Let us tell you.
How to prevent pipe explosion:
- Remove and store garden hoses
- Shut off all valves and drain water
- Insulate your home’s pipes
- Fix exterior cracks in your home walls
- Insulate craw spaces, basement windows, & garage doors
- Drain your lawn sprinkler system
Indication of Frozen pipes:
Well, if you happened to read and follow the previous steps just discussed above, THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU. Although accidents do happen, as homeowners, understanding that your pipe is possibly frozen earlier in the winter rather than later is key! For example, if you, after a long few weeks of freezing temperature decide that you are going to turn on the faucet and nothing but a few drops of water fall out, your pipes may be frozen. Also, the main water shutoff is turned off but you still hear running water, your pipes may be frozen. If drains, sinks or toilets have an outlandish basking odor, your pipes may be frozen.
Solution to water damage in case of disaster:
Call United Services Disaster Restoration Specialist at (877)-253-2620 or go to USSTL.com