How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
With freezing temperatures, pipes can freeze leading to a number of problems in your home. The most damaging consequence of frozen plumbing is a burst pipe. Protect your home from frozen pipes. Learn about other causes and signs of a burst pipe in your home.
A burst pipe can cause damage to your home such as:
- High water bills
- Flooding in your home
- Ruined flooring
- Other water damage
To prevent frozen pipes, and burst pipes, in your home, follow this checklist.
1. Know the signs
Being aware of the signs of a frozen pipe is the first step to preventing burst pipes. Low temperatures, frost on your pipes, no running water, and a bad smell coming from your sink are all signs of frozen pipes.
There are a number of signs that your pipes have frozen before they burst. Thawing and repairing frozen pipes before they burst is vital to protecting your home from expensive repairs.
Frozen pipes can be catastrophic for your home. When your pipes freeze, a lot can go wrong. Learn more about how to spot the signs of frozen pipes in your home.
The most obvious sign that your pipes could be frozen is low temperatures. Temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit could freeze nonmoving water. Lower temperatures could freeze moving water too, but your pipes are at risk with anything below 32 degrees F.
Frost on your pipes
A sign that your pipes might be succumbing to the freezing temperatures is the presence of frost on your pipes. The first thing to freeze on your pipes is the condensation on the outside of the pipes. When this condensation freezes, it creates visible frost.
The most vulnerable areas are pipes in the garage, basement, crawlspace, and pipes under the sink in the kitchen or bathroom. These pipes are the least likely to be insulated and are most exposed to freezing temperatures.
No running water in your home
You turn the faucet on in the morning to be greeted by…nothing. No water comes running out. This is a sure-fire sign that you have a frozen pipe somewhere.
Next, check other faucets in the house to locate the frozen line. You’ll need to inspect that pipe for damage. If there isn’t any, you should thaw that pipe before it bursts.
A bad smell coming from your sink (Stinky Sink)
If your sink or other drains start to smell, then your pipes could be frozen. Foul odors in the drain usually exit your home through the other end of the pipe. When the pipe freezes, the odors have nowhere to go except back up into your house.
If you smell a bad stink in your sink and the weather dropped below freezing, check your home for frozen pipes before it’s too late.
2. Insulate your pipes
The most vulnerable areas are pipes in the garage, basement, crawlspace, attic, and pipes under the sink in the kitchen or bathroom. These pipes are the least likely to be insulated and are most exposed to freezing temperatures.
To protect those pipes from the possibility of freezing and bursting, have the pipes insulated by a plumber. Using foam or other insulating products, a plumber will cover your pipes to keep them protected from harsh winter temperatures.
3. Pay attention to the weather
Staying up to date on current weather conditions in your town can keep you prepared for the possibility of frozen pipes.
During nights (and days) with freezing temperatures, leave faucets dripping. Dripping faucets will force water to keep running through your pipes and protect against freezing.
Got Frozen Pipes?
Preventing frozen pipes is vital to protecting your home from damage. Frozen pipes lead to burst pipes, which leads to expensive repairs for your plumbing and your home.
Protect your home. Call Charles Moon Plumbing at 302-732-3555 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced plumbers in or around Ocean Pines, MD today.
If you experienced a burst pipe, contact Charles Moon for emergency plumbing repair. Also, ask us about preventative maintenance on your plumbing such as insulating vulnerable pipes.
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