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Tips for Frozen Pipes

11/7/2023 (Permalink)

A split from a frozen Pipe A split from a frozen Pipe

If a person thinks about the many aspects of water, it is really fascinating. How something that is so essential for your life can also be deadly. Water can also cause major damage in homes. Anywhere there is a water source, there is the potential to have problems in the home, particularly in the winter. With us living in Wyoming, there is always a risk of frozen and broken pipes. When water freezes it expands, and it puts tremendous pressure on the pipes which can cause them to break. Preparing your property to withstand cold temperatures can prevent many pipe breaks. Unfortunately, extreme weather conditions can exceed the capabilities of freeze protection. If temperatures are subzero and the wind is blowing, there could be weak spots where the cold air can reach the pipes. Pipes that freeze most frequently are ones with direct exposure to severe temperatures such as hose bibs and sprinkler lines. Pipes in unheated interior areas such as basements, crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets are also susceptible. And pipes that run against an outside wall that has little or no insulation may freeze through conduction. It is still highly recommended to take reasonable precautions to prevent frozen pipes. If there are water supply lines in the garage, it is best to keep the garage doors closed as much as possible. In subzero temperatures, open cabinets to kitchen and bathroom sinks so the warm air can circulate around the plumbing. It can also help to leave the faucet on a little, and allow a trickle of cold water to flow. Its best to make sure that the thermostat is between 68F-70F at least until the temperatures get out of the subzero range. If the property going to be vacant, make sure the thermostat is no lower than 55F. It is a good idea to have someone check in on the property regularly to make sure there are no problems that arise.If your pipes happen to freeze, you can apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, a hair dryer, or a space heater (Keep away from flammable materials). Do not use a gas torch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or anything with an open flame.If there is water damage in your home due to a broken pipe, please don’t hesitate to reach out to SERVPRO of Casper. We are here for you 24/7, 365 Days a year.

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