Tuesday, January 7, 2014
How to minimize potential pipe bursting: (advice from Angie’s List)
If water has frozen in your lines but your pipes haven't burst, turn off the shutoff valve and allow the pipes to warm again
before turning it back on, also
• Check the exterior of your home in areas where you have plumbing on the exterior walls for possible sources of air leaks.
• Open cabinet doors under kitchen and bathroom sinks to let room-temperature air in.
• Allow a small drip of water to come from your faucets to keep water flowing.
• Add pipe insulation covers. Though these can help retain heat, they do not create heat.
• If you insulate pipes on an exterior wall, place the insulation between the pipe and the outside wall, rather than the inside
wall, which prevents warm air from reaching the pipe
Do you know where your water shutoff valve is? If you don't, now is the time to find out. With Kansas City experiencing sub-zero temperatures, freezing temps combined with strong winds often result in burst water pipes. Dealing with the mess and stress of burst pipes is never easy, but it's even worse when it's cold outside.
Shutting off the water flow quickly after the pipes fail can save you thousands of dollars in mitigation repairs — so it's not just good to know where the shutoff valve is and how to use it, it's smart.
The three most common causes for burst pipes are:
1.) Hoses that remain attached to outdoor spigots in cold weather, which allows water to remain in in the lines. Make sure that all exterior garden hoses are removed from the spigot.
2.) Not enough warm air circulating around concealed interior pipes. Open a few cabinet doors to allow warm air into the water lines underneath your sinks.
3.) Air Leaks in exterior walls allowing cold air to reach pipes. Walk around your home to make certain there are no cracks, holes or anything that is allowing cold air to enter the house.
If you think there is a chance that your water pipes could freeze, let a faucet trickle, that will keep the water moving in the pipes.If a pipe does burst, it won't take long for the water to start doing damage. If it begins to penetrate walls and flooring, you will need the services of a water mitigation company to clean up, dry out and repair the damage.