Thursday, December 5, 2013

Prevent Frozen Pipes

During the winter, freezing pipes can cause expensive repairs. We do not want this to happen to you. Here are some ideas to help:

Preventing Pipes from Freezing
  1. Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturers or installer directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
  2. Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  3. Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
  4. Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a pipe sleeve or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing (like St George).
Things to do and Look for Before you Have a Problem
  1. Know where your water shutoff is so if you have a broken pipe you can quickly turn off the water.
  2. Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
  3. Pipes can be relocated by a professional if the home is remodeled.
  4. Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
  5. For more information you can contact Main Street Insurance for risk management ideas.