4 Signs of Frozen Pipes
With the weather continually dropping, frozen pipes become a concern that all homeowners should be aware of. Aside from the lack of running water, frozen pipes are dangerous because of their potential to burst. If they do burst it will create a larger ,more dangerous problem. Here are four signs that your pipes may have frozen:
- Low Temperature: Obviously the weather must drop low enough for water to freeze. When the temperature drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit is when you should start to take precautions to avoid freezing pipes.
- Frost on the Pipes: This one may seem obvious as well but you should always be checking your pipes when it gets colder.
- No Water is Coming Out of the Faucet: If the water from your faucet is running low, just dripping or is completely dry then your pipes may be frozen.
- Strange Smells: When a pipe is frozen there is nowhere for the odor to go other then back where it came from. This is why you may be smelling an odd smell from your drains when your pipes are frozen.
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Prevent Frozen Pipe Burst
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How to Protect Your Pipes in Cold Weather
How to Protect Your Pipes in Cold Weather
Frozen pipes are a tangible risk during winter in the Philadelphia,PA area.When the thermometer dips below 32°F, water begins to expand as it freezes. By taking a few steps now and during winter storms, you can prevent the costly damage caused by frozen and burst pipes. Here are a few tips on how to protect your pipes in cold weather.
Insulate Exposed Pipes
Pipes that are most vulnerable to freezing are exposed to severe cold. These include outside pipes such as water/lawn sprinkler lines or outdoor hose spigots. Unheated areas like crawl spaces, basements, attics, and garages, can also pose a risk to your unprotected water lines. You should insulate all hot or cold-water pipes that run through these areas. You may even want to insulate any exposed hot water pipes inside heated areas of your home to conserve energy and keep the hot water at desired temperature.
Products designed to insulate water pipes include pipe sleeves, heat tape, heat cables, or similar products readily available from your local plumbing and home improvement stores.
Add Insulation to Your House
Having adequate insulation in your attic, basement, crawl spaces, and even your garage can help maintain a higher temperature in your home. As a bonus, your heating usage could be reduced from prior years. (Saving your family money)
Drain Outside Lines
You should have your homes irrigation system drained and blown out before the freezing weather sets in. Follow the manufactures instructions or hire an expert to do this.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
When winter weather has arrived, let water from your cold line drip from faucets that are fed by exposed pipes. Running water is less likely to freeze.
Open cabinet doors in your kitchen and bathrooms to let warmer air reach your plumbing. If you keep cleaning supplies under the sinks, you may wish to relocate them away from the reach of kids.
If your best efforts result in a frozen pipe burst and that frozen pipe bursts damaging your home call the professionals at SERVPRO Whitemarsh/Cheltenham (610)909-6690
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