How To Keep Your Pipes From Freezing This Winter
As the past couple of days have shown us, it is heater weather. When the heaters come out there is another aspect of our homes we need to be taking into consideration. Your pipes. Each winter we get countless calls from customers who suffer water damages due to frozen pipes that crack. Most people are aware that the best way to prevent freezing pipes is to leave your water dripping in the faucets close to the exterior of the home, but we have a few people new to the area.
Should you leave hot water and cold water dripping? Well the answers vary on this. Some people say just the cold water since the water in the other lines is already hot. But one thing we have to keep in mind is that hot water freezes faster than cold water. In my home, I leave both hot and cold water dripping in the kitchen sink since it is right against the outside of my home.
Another way to help prevent frozen pipes is to disconnect the garden hose from the outside of your home and ensure the water has been shut off. During extremely cold bouts a blanket around the water heater (if in a garage or against an exterior wall) and leaving cabinet doors open to allow heat to reach them can help to prevent frozen pipes. Not all frozen pipes lead to water damage, but sometimes the damage caused can take a little time to make itself known.
Should you suffer water damage due to frozen pipes, call SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County to mitigate that damage for you.