Winter has arrived! For the next few months, the days will be frigid. It’ll be easy to get caught up in trying to keep yourself warm. You may be turning down the thermostat to save energy and money. But, how are your water pipes doing? If you haven’t checked in a while, you might not know how your pipes are going to weather the coming winter. A burst pipe can be extremely destructive, so it’s important to know what to do if it were ever to happen to you. Read on for a few quick tips regarding burst water pipes.
Why do pipes burst?
The biggest reason water pipes burst is because they freeze. There are several other factors that can attribute to a burst pipe, such as rust or age. Plumbing systems within older homes are complicated and hard to reach, so maintaining them can be too much of a hassle for people to want to deal with. Thus, the pipes go years and years without being checked. A burst pipe can cause a water loss of up to 400 liters per hour. That means a full day unattended could result in 9,600 liters of water causing severe damage to your home. It’s absolutely vital that you keep this from happening.
How can you prevent a pipe from bursting?
There are a few simple ways to help you prevent burst pipes. First of all, make sure any outside faucets are insulated. A quick way to do this is to use insulation foam, found at most hardware stores, which can be sprayed around the faucets. Keeping your heat on at all times of the day is another great way to prevent a burst pipe. Make sure any areas of the home without heat, such as your basement, have pipes that are heavily insulated. And, most importantly, do a yearly check of your plumbing system. Make sure no pipes are rusting or corroding, and address any leaks before winter kicks in.
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