Frozen and Burst Pipes
Frozen pipes in Denver cause millions of dollars of damage every year and the average cost to repair a home damaged by frozen pipes nationally is around $11,000.00. Plumbing pipes can freeze and not burst but don’t bet on it. The water in frozen pipes expands almost 10%. The best example is it’s just like a coca cola can that freezes in your refrigerator and explodes. The only difference is there’s an endless supply of water courtesy of your local water Department to flood your home. Unlike the lowly little 8 oz coke can!
Frozen Pipes are a huge problem in Denver during the winter but the good news is they are avoidable in most cases. We’ll tell you some of the main causes of frozen pipes in and around your home and give you some helpful tips on how to avoid them.
1. Furnaces that fail to turn on allow pipes to freeze when you’re not home. All that’s required is for your pipes to freeze at temperatures below 32 degrees F so make sure your furnace maintenance is up to date.
2. Poorly insulated walls in homes are a major cause of frozen pipes especially in garages, basements, crawlspaces, and the wall in front on your kitchen sink if you have a window in front of it. Make sure to leave cabinet doors open in your kitchen and bathrooms in your home on extremely cold days and nights, especially if you’re going away for a few days. The plumbing pipes in the cabinets under the sinks in your kitchen and bathroom will benefit greatly from the warm air being circulated by your homes heating system.
3. Pipes in crawl spaces are especially prone to freezing in cold weather. Remember, the main reason plumbing pipes are insulated in crawl spaces is to retain heat in the pipe. This is not a guarantee that they won’t freeze but insulating your crawl space will help. You could also install electrical heating cable around pipes exposed to freezing weather that automatically adjust to the heat output when temperatures fall below freezing. Blocking off the vents in your crawl spaces in the winter is very important.
4. Leave your heater on in the house on cold days in the winter even when you’ll be away for an extended period of time, and once again leave the cabinet doors open in the kitchen and bathrooms. This really does help.
5. Main water shut off valves: Make sure you know where your homes main water shut off valve is. This should be turned off immediately as well as opening a faucet closest to the burst pipe to relieve pressure on the burst pipe. Turning on a faucet will slow down the flow of water in the area of the burst pipe while you’re getting to the main water shut off valve.
Watch These Frozen Pipe Video’s
Here are some great videos about frozen pipes and how you can avoid them and deal with them if they occur.
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