FROZEN PIPE TIPS TO PREVENT WATER DAMAGE IN THE HUDSON VALLEY
So what’s the big deal about frozen pipes? Well if you have never experienced it, this can cause extreme damage to your business or home. Pipes that are unprotected, not insulated can result in bursting pipes. A crack in the pipe as small as 1/8-inch, can release up to 250 gallons of water per day. This can have potential of mold growth and damage to your structure.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
- Open your bathroom and cabinet doors to let the heat supply circulate through the unwrapped pipes.
- Close your garage door!! This sounds funny but several people forget to close the door. Check out these apps that you can use to shut the garage doors manually. This website has several different solutions http://postscapes.com/wifi-garage-door-opener
- Remove any hoses and put on hose bibs.
- If you have a basement, crawl or attic space, check the water supply lines. Are they insulated? Is this where your washing machine is located? These rooms are especially susceptible to frozen pipes. Take proper measures to ensure the hoses are insulated and washing machine hose is removed.
What Not To Do If your Pipes Are Frozen: Don’t try to thaw a pipe with a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
Other Related Information : Preventing Ice Dams
If Pipes Burst:
- Know where your main shutoff valve is and turn it off.
- Do not operate electrical tools or appliances in standing water.
- Leave the water faucets on.
- Your restorations emergencies give Peak Construction a call; we would also encourage you to call your local plumbing expert.
Until next time – Stay Warm Hudson Valley