According to State Farm Insurance, approximately 250,000 homes are damaged because of frozen pipes each year. As the water inside these pipes expands, it can cause flooding from broken pipes. There is no way to guarantee that this never occurs in Superior, but there are things you can do to prevent this experience. The steps below may be able to prevent frozen pipes and flooding.
#1: Drain outdoor water
Outdoor pipes are obviously more likely to freeze than indoor pipes. Before temperatures drop severely, take some time to drain your sprinkler supply lines, swimming pools, and outdoor hose bibs.
#2: Install pipe sleeves or heat tape to exposed pipes
It’s important to insulate any pipes in your property that are exposed. Use heat tape or pipe sleeves to provide extra protection from chilly weather.
#3: Monitor your thermostat
Break the habit of turning off your thermostat to save money in the winter. Make sure your thermostat isn’t set lower than 55 degrees, especially if you go on vacation.
#4: Consider adding insulation
Check your attic, basement, and crawl spaces to see if they are lacking insulation. Doing this won’t just lower the possibility of broken or frozen pipes, it will also help lessen the blow of what your pay for utilities.
#5: Be prepared
You may be able to notice a frozen pipe before it breaks if you notice a small trickle of water when you open a faucet. Keep the faucet open and apply heat, either with a hair dryer or electric heating pad, to the pipe. (Do not use an open flame device.) Monitor the open faucet and maintain heat until water pressure is restored.
Contact Paul Davis Restoration of the Northland as soon as you can if you have a broken pipe in your Superior home or business. Our water restoration services are able to provide immediate assistance in an emergency like this.