With the polar vortex coming through, it has affected millions of Americans throughout the US. Temperatures in some areas were recorded even colder than Anchorage, Alaska! The wind chill in cities like Dayton, OH, dropped to -45° F. With the arctic freeze, one of the problems that it can cause is a burst water pipe. Water expands as it freezes, just like if you leave a coke in the freezer and the can bursts. This expansion puts pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. If pipes are exposed to cold weather, they will most likely freeze. One of the most common areas where water pipes can become frozen is your basement, especially if your basement is not insulated or heated. There are several preventative measures you can take to help avoid your pipes from freezing in cold weather.
What can I do to prevent my water pipes from freezing:
- Leave cabinets under kitchen and bathroom sinks open to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
- Turn all of your faucets on overnight; at least a trickle will keep the pipes from freezing.
- Remove, and drain hoses that are used outdoors, and store them inside.
- Check around your home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom sinks. Hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- If you are traveling during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home and set the thermostat to no lower than 55° F.
If your water pipes freeze or burst, shut off you main water valve, and then call All American Water Restoration immediately so that we may assess that damage and manage the disaster. A burst pipe can cause many issues including water damage to your home. This is especially true if you are not aware of a broken pipe. Water damage can cause mold and mildew to form very quickly; with preventative measures, you can save yourself a huge headache and expense! Call All American Water Restoration at 877-204-7249 and we will help you with any problems that may arise.