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A sudden cold snap is not just harsh on the human body, it is also damaging to parts of your home, most especially for the pipes. A drop in temperature will cause the water inside the pipes to freeze and expand. Water will keep expanding way beyond the limit its container can hold no matter if it is made of plastic or metal.
When a pipe bursts, expect expensive water damage to accrue in your home. If a pipe bursts in your basement, which statistics show happens 37% of the time, the resulting flood will waterlog your things and will cause mold if left undrained. The key here is to manage your plumbing before the onset of winter by doing the following:
Pipe insulation material only costs fifty cents per linear foot. It is better to invest something like fifty dollars to cover all your pipes instead of paying five thousand dollars for restoration work.
Keep your house at an even temperature. Experts recommend keeping it around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are leaving your house for the winter, make sure the temperature is kept at that minimal level so that the pipes do not burst.
Check and make sure that these extra pipe systems do not have water in them before winter comes. This way, you don’t have to worry about them bursting and giving you problems during the cold season.
Temperatures inside cabinets can go lower from the average level in your house. Open up your cabinets so that the warm air will circulate around your pipes.
When you see that the freeze is already creeping on your faucet, try switching it on to check if water will trickle. Keep it on for a while if it does to melt the ice away.
If you have an opportunity to remodel before the winter starts, ask a professional to move your pipes in a less exposed place or at least get them insulated. Consider it as a proactive investment against burst pipes.
Should your pipes burst anyway during winter, you can call on NikiFrancis Restoration to handle your water damage emergency. You can get in touch with us at 610-525-5001.