One of the most common and problematic issues that Connecticut residents deal with every winter is frozen water pipes. Frozen water pipes can cause all sorts of costly damage to a home if they are not identified as a potential problem and addressed. When a water pipe freezes, or more accurately, when the water inside your pipes freezes, the water expands and can cause a blockage or even cause your pipes to burst.
Depending on where in your home the burst pipe is, you could run the risk of flooding, ruining your floors, walls, furniture, and more. The best possible way to prevent pipes from freezing is to have your local plumber come out and perform a plumbing system check to identify where your pipes are at risk and the best ways to ensure they do not freeze.
Unfortunately, not everyone gets their pipes inspected and as a result, they risk the possibility of having their water pipes freeze. The best way to handle this problem is through prevention.
Finding where a potential problem could occur is likely going to be the most difficult step when looking to prevent a water pipe freeze. A good thing to keep in mind is that a potential frozen pipe is most likely going to be along an exterior wall, in the basement, crawl space or attic because there is less insulation in these areas.
The pipes inside an exterior wall will be the hardest to identify if there is a problem. This is because the pipes here are hidden from view whereas, in the other locations mentioned, the pipes are typically exposed. Most of the time, builders will avoid putting plumbing inside an exterior wall, however, if your house does have pipes in the exterior walls you should make sure they are well insulated. If you have not noticed low water flow from these areas in extreme cold, they are most likely well insulated and do not require you to open a wall to insulate.
When it comes to your basement or crawl space, you’ll want to look for the spot where your water pipes go outside for the hose connection. This should have a shut-off valve to empty the pipe so it can’t freeze. Additionally, you should disconnect your hose during freezing temperatures and consider installing a frost-free water spicket.
Another great way to prevent your water pipes from freezing is to Install pipe insulation around any exposed pipes. In addition to keeping your pipes thawed out, it will also save you energy and money when heating your home’s water.
If you would like peace of mind that you won’t have your pipes freeze on you this winter or want help dealing with frozen water pipes it is recommended that you call a local plumber to handle this issue for you. Not only do they have the experience to identify potential areas but also the proper tools to unfreeze pipes if need be.
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