Cold temperatures can cause pipes to freeze. When the water inside the pipe expands you run the risk of it bursting and creating a massive and costly mess to deal with after. By following the tips listed below you can protect your home against water damage. Here are 6 tips to prevent water damage:
- Keep the Heat On: If you are planning on being away from home during the winter, make sure you keep your thermostat set above 50 degrees. Keeping it at this temperature will provide enough heat to keep your pipes from freezing.
- Allow Faucets to Drip: While allowing a faucet to drip does not prevent freezing, it will relieve pressure within the pipe if it does freeze. Thus, preventing the pipe from bursting and saving your home from potential flooding.
- Apply Heating Tape: if there are pipes exposed to colder temperatures that do not receive optimal air flow, wrap them in heating tape. Doing this will provide another layer of warmth and can prevent a pipe from freezing.
- Add Extra Insulation: In addition to heating tape, adding extra insulation around pipes that are exposed to colder temperatures can help prevent water from freezing.
- Seal Up Existing Cracks: You should examine your pipes for existing leaks and cracks before the cold weather sets in. If you detect any damage have it repaired immediately.
- Air Circulation: Pipes located under cabinets are at greater risk due to the lack of proper air flow. Keeping cabinet and interior doors open will allow air to circulate within your home and can prevent the headache of a burst pipe. Also, keeping exterior doors shut, such as your garage doors will lower the risk of a pipe bursting.
Another great option for protecting your home against water damage is to install an Environmental Monitoring System. With Automatic Water Shut-Off Valves, Flood/Freeze Sensor, and a Smart Thermostat you can stay on top of what occurs in your home! Contact Fleenor Security Systems today for a free system evaluation!