Winter is prime time for busted pipes. A busted pipe can cause extensive flooding, water damage, and promote mold and mildew growth. Thankfully, preventing a busted type is easy when you know what to do. Reichelt Plumbing never wants our customers to have to deal with a busted pipe. Here are a few easy tips to help you prevent your pipes from bursting.
1. Wrap Your Pipes
When temperatures start dipping, you will want to invest in pipe wrapping material. The most common material used to cover pipes is a thick insulating foam, known as a pipe sleeve. If you do not have any foam, a temporary fix is easy. Crumple up newspaper and tape it around your exposed pipes. This will help temporarily until you can get proper insulation.
2. Drain Water
The key to preventing frozen pipes outdoors is to thoroughly check Drain any standing water in your supply lines. Hoses, swimming pools, hot tubs, are all places in which people experience and unexpected pipe burst. Draining your water lines can help prevent standing water from expanding in the supply line, causing it to burst.
3. Steady Temperatures
It is important that you keep your home at a constant temperature during the winter. Keep your thermostat set at the same temperature throughout the day and night. Turning off your thermostat at night can cause the water in your pipes to burst. If you are leaving on vacation, make sure to set your thermostat at a high enough temperature, so you don’t come home to a busted pipe.
If you start seeing signs that your pipes are frozen, call the experts at Reichelt Plumbing. We are happy to assist you with all your plumbing needs during the winter, even plumbing emergencies. Call (219) 322-4906 to schedule your appointment today.