Water can cause serious damages to your house if it flows unchecked. One of the worst issues caused by water is a frozen and burst pipe — a problem which is quite common during ice-cold winters. According to a major insurance company report, the average claim from a burst pipe is around $15,000, which is quite an amount for damage that can be easily prevented with few simples steps. It is always better to avoid an inconvenience that often brings other related issues (for example, mold and mildew), even if your house is insured.
Pipes That Are Susceptible to Freezing
Before we go ahead with the steps required for preventing frozen pipes, it is necessary to know the areas where such a problem is most likely to occur. In the majority of the cases, pipes freeze in unconditioned or poorly insulated areas, which means basements, crawlspaces, and attics. In some instances, hose-bibbs and under-cabinet plumbing on exterior walls are also possible areas of concern. Pipes commonly freeze when the temperature drops below 20°
Following are some simple steps you can take to prevent Frozen pipes
Winterize the Hose-Bibb
One of the best ways to avoid pipe freezing is to winterize your hose-bibb or outdoor faucet. Exterior spigots have a bad reputation for retaining water near the exterior area of your house, and also freezing and bursting. If you haven’t done it already, go ahead and replace your hose-bibb with a frost-free version. It will help in keeping the water within the interior of your house, and in turn, prevent it from exposing to the frigid air. Ensure that your hose is not connected and cover the spigot with an insulating cap.
Insulate Pipes on the Exterior Walls
The exterior walls demand much of the plumbing work in our homes. It could be a basement, a kitchen, or the bedroom. In case you have pipes on/near the exterior walls, do consider foam or fiberglass insulation. It’s an economical way to prevent pipes from freezing and keep cold air away from your water lines
Allow the Faucet to Drip
It is never recommended to waste water. From a conservation and cost stand-point, it might seem like a bad idea. However, allowing your faucet to drip will keep a small percentage of water running through the line. Even a small amount of flowing water can help prevent frozen pipes. It doesn’t have to be a water stream to make the change. You only have to turn the water on until the faucet drips in regular intervals, whenever the temperature is about to take a plunge.
Turn Up the Heat and Open the Cabinets
No need to open every cupboard in your house, just open cabinet doors where plumbing is accessible and can help their temperature rise by a few degrees. Such a method helps mainly for the pipe that can be seen on the exterior walls.
Easily Prevent Frozen Pipes
It does not take much efforts to improve the condition of your home’s plumbing. However, it is true that not every pipe is easily accessible. If you find difficulty in any of these tasks, or already are facing water damage, then don’t worry, we are here to help, contact QuickGenie Support anytime 24x7 and we'll fix your problem.