How to Prevent Freezing Pipes While You're Away
Did you know water pipe damage is one of the most common home damage claims?
Water pipes are more susceptible to freeze easily, especially when you have not been around to keep them going. Nobody really knows when they will be expecting a pipe damage therefore it is best to be prepared. If you are leaving home for a couple of days, there are a few things you can do to prevent pipe freezing.
These are a couple good tips to keep in mind before you head out:
- Keep cabinets open where there are pipes exposed because warmer air flows through.
- Leave the faucet running with just a drip so that it keeps pipes clear of still water.
- Leave thermostat at a set temperature(50° minimum,) if not gone for too long.
- If you are leaving for more than a week, you can add insulation to where the pipes are located and/or you can add heating tape around the pipes.
- Make sure any hoses are disconnected from outside to prevent bursting.
- Make sure your garage door is closed so that is stays warm.
- Make sure small cracks and holes are covered so that cold air doesn’t flow through.
Lastly, it is important that you and any other household members know where the main shut off valve is located, and learn how to turn it off in case of an emergency.
SERVPRO of Limestone & Lawrence Counties/Decatur is available 24/7/365 for any water damage needs, residential or commercial!