Frozen pipes are something homeowners in Kansas have to be prepared for, due to the freezing winter weather. When frozen water lines burst, they can quickly cause flooding and expensive water damage to your home. Here are some easy preventive measures you can take to help minimize the risk.
Unhook the Garden Hose
A frozen garden hose that’s left attached to an outdoor faucet can cause the connected interior pipe to burst. Protect your pipes by disconnecting all water hoses, draining them, and putting them away in storage. If there’s a shutoff valve for your home’s outdoor faucets, turn it off and open the spigots to ensure all the water is completely drained.
Exposed Interior Pipes
Pipes located in unheated portions of your home, like the garage, attic or crawl space, pose a bigger risk for freezing than the pipes in heated parts of your home. Make sure exposed pipes are wrapped in foam pipe insulation, thermostatically controlled heat tape, or even newspaper for an added layer of protection.
Service your Furnace
If your furnace quits working in the middle of the winter, you are at risk for frozen pipes when the temperature inside your home drops. Annual inspections, which should take place before winter, will reduce the chances of your furnace breaking down. Reddi’s HVAC division performs routine maintenance and offers 24/7 emergency service for all types of furnaces. Call 316-462-2572.
Keep the Heat Running
While turning the heat off when you’re away on vacation may seem like a good way to save money, it may lead to more problems than you bargained for. Keep the heat on to a minimum of 55 degrees during the winter to prevent your pipes from freezing.
Open Cabinet Doors
On exceptionally cold days, opening the cabinet doors in your kitchen and bathrooms can help keep your pipes warm by making it easier for warm air to circulate and reach the pipes. Letting water drip slowly from each faucet will keep water flowing through the pipes and minimize the risk of freezing, too.
How to Thaw Frozen Pipes
If you turn on a faucet and only a small amount of water comes out, you may have a frozen pipe. Leave the faucet open to allow water to flow as the ice melts, which will relieve pressure in the lines and help thaw your pipes faster. Try warming the frozen section of the pipe with an electric heating pad/blanket, a space heater, or a hair dryer. Be sure to check other faucets in the home as well. If you can’t thaw the pipe yourself or can’t get to the frozen section, call a licensed plumber for assistance.
What to Do if a Water Pipe Bursts
First, shut off the water supply. Then, call the professionals at Reddi Plumbing immediately at 316-847-4277 for 24/7 emergency service.
If frozen water lines are a problem every winter, consider having a plumber install heat tape or reroute pipes that are prone to freezing.