Being prepared and informed may help you to avoid the messy and often expensive issue of frozen pipes. All types of pipes, when frozen, will build water pressure and can crack. A crack as small as one-eighth of an inch can unleash more than 250 gallons of water a day and cause flooding, high water bills, and serious property damage. Taking the following precautions may help protect your home.
Cold Weather Precautions
Use pipe wraps to protect pipes in unheated areas or anywhere they are exposed to freezing temperatures, especially attics, garages and crawl spaces. Insulated pipe wraps can be purchased at your local home improvement or hardware store. Pro tip: pool noodles work great also.
Never let faucets drip outside. If dripping or leaking, make the necessary repairs or call a plumber before a freeze. Cold weather will freeze a small drip, fill the faucet, and freeze the pipe potentially causing it to burst.
Disconnect outside water hoses from spigots. If left connected during freezing temperatures, water in hoses can freeze and expand causing connecting faucets and pipes to burst.
Drain and winterize irrigation systems. Wrap pipes where they are exposed and exit the ground. Protect your backflow valve with an insulated box cover. Please contact your lawn care professional for this service.
If Your Pipes Freeze or Burst
Don't risk it. If nothing comes out when you turn on your faucet, call a plumber.
If you think one of your pipes have frozen and burst, turnoff the water at the main shut-off valve in the house. Your shut off valve is located where the service line enters your home, usually in a garage or closet.