There is really no good time for a burst pipe, but during the winter months, it seems to be more common and worse to deal with. A burst pipe can interrupt a relaxing Saturday and leave a flood in your living room. Not only do you have to deal with how to best clean up the water, but a burst pipe leaves you with an unexpected expense. Many people are left wondering why their pipes burst in the first place. There are many different reasons why your pipes might burst. The good news is there are ways you can prevent your pipes from bursting in the future. Here are some tips on how to prevent your pipes from bursting.
Leaving 2-3 Faucets Dripping
During the winter months, it gets extremely cold. When your pipes are exposed to the cold air they are more likely to freeze. Leaving a few of your faucets dripping or running from time to time will allow running water to go through your pipes. If pipes are exposed to running water, then a burst pipe is less likely.
Keep Your Heat on During the Winter Months
Pipes that are closer to outside doors, windows, and walls are more likely to burst. Keeping your heat on during the winter months not only warms you and your family but it also keeps your pipes warm. When deciding which pipes need direct heat, you should start on the bottom floor of your house and work your way up, looking for pipes that are close to an outside door, window, or wall.
Disconnect Hose from Outdoor Faucet
You may not think about your hose during the winter months because you aren’t using it. However, leaving your hose connected to the faucet can cause your pipes to burst. When your hose is connected, your faucet is unable to drip. The inability for your faucet to drip will likely cause your pipes to freeze and burst.
Kitchen sinks, in most cases, are on an outside wall. In the winter months, outside walls are exposed to the cold temperatures. Opening the cabinets under your sink will allow your pipes to be exposed to the warm air.
If you are concerned about any of your pipes bursting due to cold temperatures, heat tape is an option. You can put these on any of your pipes to keep them warm during the winter months. While you can install heat tape yourself, it is best to consult with a plumber before doing so.
Air leaks of any size can bring cold air into your home. If the cold air reaches your pipes, the pipes can freeze and burst. Sealing air leaks with caulk or insulation will help keep the cold air out. When looking for leaks, you should look around your electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes.
When a Pipe Bursts
Even when you take all preventative measures to keep your pipes from bursting, a burst pipe still may occur. Instead of trying to do the cleanup yourself, call the Green Genie. We make sure we take care of our customers by using eco-friendly clean-up products. Contact us today to help clean up your burst pipe mess.