Why Frozen Pipes are One of the Worst Things that Could Happen to Your Plumbing

Why Frozen Pipes are One of the Worst Things that Could Happen to Your Plumbing

We are now firmly into the winter season. We hope you’ve prepared your home for the colder temperatures. Most homeowners make sure their furnace is has been tuned up recently, but many forget to prepare their plumbing for the wintertime. In this blog, we’ll explain how you can prevent one of the worst things that can happen to your plumbing—frozen pipes.

Why Are Frozen Pipes So Bad?

The most common plumbing problems are usually fairly simple fixes. Clogs and small leaks can sometimes even be patched up by homeowners that have a bit of know-how. However, frozen pipes are a fairly common issue that can cause thousands of dollars of damage. In many cases, your entire plumbing system can be damaged and you may need to repipe your entire home! Water is one of the few substances that expands when it freezes. This can cause a huge buildup of pressure in your system leading to multiple cracked pipes.

If you look at insurance data, you will see that frozen pipes are one of the most expensive sources for home insurance claims. This may sound like a lot of bad news, but frozen pipes can be planned for by just doing a few bits of preparation.

How You Can Prevent Frozen Pipes

You’d be surprised how simple it can be. The most important thing to remember is that frozen pipes can happen to you. It’s possible for water to freeze in your pipes even if the outside temperature is a few degrees above freezing. These simple steps will save you a lot in the long run.

Insulation

Insulation is essential to safeguarding your home from outside temperatures. Quality insulation can cut your HVAC costs by a pretty penny and have the added benefit of protecting your pipes from freezing. This is particularly felt in your attic and basement areas which can run quite a bit colder than the rest of the house that is more directly impacted by your HVAC system.

Insulation Sleeves

Often your home’s standard insulation is not sufficient to protect your pipes. This is where directly placing insulation on the pipes itself can make a world of difference. Insulation sleeves are cheap and simple to install for most homeowners. This is especially important for any exposed pipes you may have.

Running Water

One interesting fact about water is that it is less likely to freeze if it’s moving. This is why it’s important to occasionally allow water to flow through your pipes during a particularly cold night. If you see a weather report warning of below-freezing temperatures for a sustained period, it may be wise to leave your faucets running. Don’t waste water and run them at full capacity. Even a few drips a second can be enough to keep water flowing and prevent freezing.

Remember that frozen pipes can happen to you. January and February can bring some cold temperatures to our area and if your home is not prepared, you could be dealing with an expensive headache. Trust us when we say that dealing with your home insurance company is a stressful experience. We want you to avoid that if possible. Just follow these tips and you should be good to go!

If you need plumbing or HVAC help this winter, Total Comfort Solutions is here for you! Just give our experienced pros a call at (509) 956-4764 or fill out an online contact form! We are here to keep your home systems in tip-top shape!

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