Avoiding frozen pipes in extreme cold weather

by Wade Massey December 31, 2017, 0:34
Avoiding frozen pipes in extreme cold weather

It's another reminder that as the mercury drops, your pipes could freeze.

Frozen pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause more than $5,000 in water damage.

Pipes are known to freeze when the temperature dips below thirty degrees and water in the pipes can freeze just as easily as water out in the open. Also open cabinet doors in your kitchen and bathroom where pipes are to let warm air in the house circulate around them.

But if pipes freeze, Perry said you can try to thaw them using a hair dryer.

Experts said throughout the winter people should always have cases of water in case of an emergency.

If your pipes are already frozen there are small and easy steps you can do at home.

Most reputable plumbers suggest a narrow stream of running water 1/16 to 1/8 inch in diameter will prevent pipes from freezing.

First, she says, even if you aren't home, keep your heat on, even if it's low.

Add insulation to under-insulated areas such as attics and crawl spaces. If true, pipes would break every time you turned off a faucet. If not, wrap and insulate outside faucets or hose bibs.

Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and night.

The pipes that are most at risk are ones exposed to severe cold outdoors, in unheated areas of the home or in areas with little or no insulation.

You may experience a slight decrease in water pressure.

If you suspect your water meter or service line is frozen, you should call your local utility department to assess the situation. The video is from several years ago in an vacant home.

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