Most people think that pipes burst at the point where water freezes, but that is not true. Pipes burst somewhere between the freeze and closed faucet like bathroom or kitchen faucet or washing machine. What happens is pressure builds up due to the ice blockage and it has nowhere to go but through the pipe walls and well, you will have a mess on your hands.
What can you do to be preventative about this?
- Pipe Insulation – When the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit or below, your pipes can freeze. Insulating pipes will help you. Try and insulate pipes in areas that are not heated as those are the one most likely to freeze. Your local hardware or plumbing supply company store has everything you will need. Wrap the pipes with insulation tubes made out of polyethylene or fiberglass. They also carry heat tape if you want an extra layer of protection. I would do this with areas that have had issues before or been fixed recently.
- Dripping faucet – This is a big one if pipe insulation can’t be done. Any faucet that is along exterior walls should have a small, steady drip to eliminate pressure that can build up so it won’t burst.
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