Frozen water pipes can create costly problems in your North Fork home, ranging from simple flood damage to mold growth and more.
But most frozen pipe problems are preventable with a few simple precautions. Here are some tips to prevent problems with frozen pipes this winter.
Before a cold snap:
- Insulate pipes in areas exposed to colder air (in your garage, crawl space, etc.).
- Seal air leaks near pipes, around your dryer vents, and in other areas exposed to outside air.
- Shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
- Run a trickle of warm water overnight on especially cold nights.
- Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks.
If you leave for vacation or have a seasonal home:
- Keep your thermostat set for a minimum of 55°F.
- Ask a neighbor to check your home during cold snaps.
- Follow all directions for “before a cold snap” above.
If your pipes freeze:
- Never operate an electrical appliance in standing water!
- Never use an open flame to thaw pipes!
- You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with a hair dryer; start by warming the pipe close to the faucet, working toward the coldest section of pipe. If that doesn’t provide immediate and complete relief, call a plumber right away.
If your water pipes have burst:
- Turn off water at the main shutoff valve in the house; teach everyone in your family where the water shutoff valve is and how to close it.
- Contact a plumber immediately.
For service on frozen pipes and other expert emergency plumbing services in any season, trust the pros at Swezey. Contact us today to learn more.