When it gets cold outside everyone remembers to bundle up and protect their fingers and toes. But, they may be forgetting to do the same for their homes.
Freezing pipes are fairly common once the frigid winter temperatures set in and can lead to a substantial amount of money spent in water damage repairs.
There are many myths that surround frozen pipes.
1. Only A Plumber Can Prevent Frozen Pipes
This is not true. There are many things that you can do yourself to prevent your pipes from freezing, including sealing windows and doors, adding extra insulation, or use heat trace tape around various piping. Find more details at http://www.disastersafety.org/freezing_weather/prevent-frozen-pipes/.
2. Your Risks Go Away When Temperatures Begin To Warm
Actually, signs of a pipe burst are often only seen when temperatures begin to warm. When a pipe freezes the frozen water may act as a plug, allowing any problems to go unnoticed. Before checking to see if you have any issues when temperatures increase, shut off the water supply to reduce your water damage risks.
3. All Frozen Pipes Burst
A pipe can
freeze and not burst. However, a frozen pipe can lead to a pipe burst, which can
cause more than $5,000 in water damage.
4. A Propane Torch Can Be Used To Thaw Pipes
This is not a good idea. You may think it will thaw the pipes and prevent significant damage, but you are only increasing your risk of fire damage.
Check out the link above to find ways to prevent frozen pipes in your home.