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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

Ice surrounding an outside metal pipe If pipes are exposed, they're more likely to freeze than if they were well-insulated!

It’s not uncommon for temperatures to drop below freezing, especially during late autumn and all throughout winter. Depending on how well your home’s pipes are protected, if the temperatures are too low, they’re at risk of freezing and bursting. SERVPRO of Iredell County has helped thousands of Statesville customers over the years, so we know how devastating a burst pipe can be. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to prevent them from freezing.

3 Ways You Can Prevent Frozen Pipes

Your home’s plumbing system is delicate and can be affected by weather and other forces. Below are some things you can do to prevent it from freezing.

1) Insulate your pipes. Many pipes are protected by a home’s interior, but if you have sections that are exposed or aren’t well-insulated, they could freeze if the temperatures are right. Naturally, the way to address this issue is to insulate these vulnerable areas, which makes them more resistant to freezing.

2) Let water drip from a faucet. Still water is quicker to freeze than running water, so if it’s supposed to fall below freezing, so open faucets just enough for it to drip. Sure, this might affect your water bill a little, but it’s much cheaper than having to deal with water damage.

3) Leave your heat on in your home, even if you’re away. If you don’t want something to freeze, warm it up. Although you might want to save some money on your heating, frozen pipes can force you to spend a whole lot more. If you’re going away for a winter vacation, you should still leave your heat on at least 55° F.

Cleaning Up Water and Storm Damages

Cold weather brings a variety of risks to your home, and your plumbing system could be one of the most vulnerable parts. If you do have frozen pipes that burst, call our team at SERVPRO of Iredell County to clean it up. We serve the Mooresville, NC area 24/7, so give us a call at (704) 872-7466, and we’ll make sure any disaster looks “Like it never even happened.”

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