It’s that season when curling up in bed or beside a fireplace with family feels like the best feeling ever, and even for others the time to pick up their ski boots and ski down numerous ski mountains. As the snow begins its descent it gives us frigid temperatures in many areas such Baltimore County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City. So while experience and maybe even enjoy the winter season, it is important to keep in mind that the extreme cold could cause damage to your home or business without proper preparation.
Water is an essential part of our everyday lives and the freezing of water in our pipes and other waterways within our homes could lead to burst pipes and subsequent water damage problems. This could be a danger ready to unravel in many homes as the snow and freezing temperatures continue to drop.
Over 20% of property damage claims in America stem from burst pipes and cost up to $10,000 per claim. Lucky for you we have all the tips you need to keep your pipes and home warm and fuzzy this winter.
Tips to Stop Pipes From Freezing
Keep a Drip On
As the weather gets colder and temperatures drop to below freezing, water within pipes expands and freezes leading to blocked pipes, subsequent burst and water damage problems. To avoid this, ensure that water is running through those pipes at a drip. The best way to accomplish this is by opening the water faucet that is farthest from your home’s water source. The idea is to have these pipes constantly kept warm by the motion of flowing water, thereby keeping pipes unfrozen.
Maintain Home Temperatures at 65°F
As the winter chills begin to roll into Linthicum Heights and snowballs continue to form heaps around our homes the danger of having pipes freeze becomes ever more pressing. Keeping the temperature in your home at a minimum 65°F can help prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.
Keep Cabinets Open
Keeping cabinets on outer walls open allows warm air to circulate and reach pipes and water lines inside walls behind cabinets.
Seal Off Air Leaks Including the Garage
As the weather gets colder it is important to keep areas where cold air can seep into your home tightly sealed. Cold air can come from a variety of places including, ducts, garage doors, and poorly sealed windows and doors. Taking simple steps to ensure that all open areas are sealed off properly can save you thousands in water damage and repair services.
How to Thaw Frozen Pipes
Use Heat as a Quick Fix
When pipes freeze due to dropping temperatures in and around your home, using heat on the frozen areas can help defrost the pipes.
Frozen pipes often occur around external areas of the home where water lines and pipes run. To remedy it you need to apply heat to the affected area, to do this use an electric heating pad, or wrap frozen pipes with towels soaked in hot water, or apply heat using a hair dryer.
When frozen pipes cannot be reached, you should immediately call a water damage restoration specialist before your pipes burst and cause more damage.
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