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Get the Upper Hand on Winter Plumbing Treats

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Our homes are under constant attack from Mother Nature. Each season brings their own unique threats to structures. Winter brings some of the most extreme attacks your home will see. Each year SERVPRO of Carthage/Joplin responds to dozen of winter related disasters. Most are related to burst pipes.

When water freezes, it expands. If the expansion does not rupture a pipe the extreme backflow pressure of water behind the frozen point will cause a rupture. This can have catastrophic damage to your home or business. A 1/8th inch crack in a pipe can leak over 250 gallons of water in a day. Cost very depending of the extent of damage, materials effected, and the region; but it is not a cheap problem. Here is the a few tips to protect your plumbing from the potential freezing this winter.

  • Plumbing that is in a crawl space or attic and is not insulated may be more vulnerable. There are many inexpensive insulating options available. Get that exposed plumbing wrapped!

  • Make sure out side hoses are disconnected and the faucet is covered and insulated.

  • If it is especially cold drip the indoor faucets. This little movement may help keep the water from standing still and freezing.

  • Opening the cabinet doors and allow the warmer air in the room circulate around the exposed pipes.

  • Never set your thermostat below 55 degrees, ever. It does not matter if you are going out of town for a week or it the property is vacant. Keep the heat on and set high enough to prevent freezing.

One thing we have learned is sometimes the perfect storm brews and it doesn't matter what steps you have taken, sometimes the elements are just too severe and burst pipes can happen. Whatever the case may be, if burst pipes causes a disaster in your home call the pros at SERVPRO of Carthage/Joplin immediately.

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