• Tips to Prevent Pipe Bursts

    TIPS TO PREVENT PIPE BURSTS

    A busted pipe is a huge inconvenience for any homeowner and plumber. It is environmentally unsustainable and can be very expensive to repair. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to prevent pipes from bursting. Get started on repairs and maintenance this summer long before the cold winter months set in. Here are tips to keep those pipes from busting:

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    PROVIDE PROTECTION

    Spigots and outdoor faucets can be protected with an insulating dome. These fixtures protect faucets from ice and frost that could cause pipes to expand, burst and leak. You can find these insulating domes at hardware stores or online.

    LOCK IN THE LEAK

    Electrical wiring and dryer vents could potentially allow cold air into your home if they are not sealed correctly. Locking the leak can be done by sealing it with caulk or other insulation components, such as heat tape, which keeps cold air from invading pipes.

    MANIPULATE THE AIR FLOW

    Pipes located outside or near walls, windows have a higher chance of freezing. Direct warm air towards these areas to keep them from harsh cold weather. The kitchen sink is also susceptible to freezing, so it should also be subject to warm air flow.

    WATER FLOW

    When the weather turns cooler, allow a slow drip of water to flow continuously through your pipes. This lowers the chances of a ruptured pipe, as pressure that builds up during winter months slowly decreases.

    TURN UP THE HEAT

    Turning up the heat during the winter helps prevent pipes from freezing.  If temperatures drops to 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius) anywhere in your home, this could freeze a pipe, so be cautious of water line areas.

    DO NOT STUFF CABINETS

    Limit the amount of supplies you keep underneath sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms. Storing heavy items or piling them in cabinets can warp pipes, which eventually leads to a crack.

    To learn more on protecting your pipes or need an inspection, call CityWIDE professional plumbers or schedule online to set up an appointment!