Frozen pipes are a problem each year for homeowners in Dallas, but the good news is that frozen pipes are largely preventable.
By taking a few simple steps to prevent frozen pipes homeowners can reduce their risk of water damage this winter.
Take a few moments to learn what happens when pipes freeze, which pipes are more susceptible to freezing, and what you can do today to prevent frozen pipes.
What Happens When Pipes Freeze?
To understand why frozen pipes can break and lead to water damage, you must first understand that water expands when it freezes, putting excessive pressure on the surrounding pipe. This can cause the pipe to split, crack, or burst, regardless of the strength of the pipe.
Pipes that are at the greatest risk of freezing are those exposed to extreme cold including outdoor hose bibs, sprinkler or swimming pool supply lines, and pipes in unheated areas like attics, basements, and garages. Indoor pipes that run along an exterior wall or under cabinets are also subject to freezing in extreme cold.
Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips
In many cases, taking a few simple steps before cold weather sets in can help prevent frozen pipes and the resulting water damage. Here are a few things you should do before cold weather sets in to prevent your pipes from freezing this winter.
- 1. Drain water from sprinkler supply lines and any other outdoor water supply lines. Also remove, drain, and store any hoses, and shut off the water supply to outdoor hose bibs. Once the water is shut off, open the valve and allow any water to drain, and leave the valve open to allow any water remaining in the pipe to expand without breaking the pipe.
- 2. Insulate any exposed pipes or pipes in unheated or poorly insulated areas of your home to prevent freezing. Remember to check for pipes in the attic, basement, crawl space, garage, as well as under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water supply lines should be insulated. During periods of extreme cold, open kitchen and bathroom cabinets to allow air to circulate around the pipes. Make sure harmful cleaning products are out of reach of children or pets.
- 3. You should always heat your home to at least 55 degrees F, even if you are going away for an extended period. During extreme cold, you may want to keep your thermostat set to daytime temperatures to avoid overnight freezing and a costly repair job.
Dealing with Frozen Pipes in Dallas
Even with all the prevention in the world, extreme weather can lead to frozen pipes and the potential for water damage. Follow the above steps to protect your property from water damage through the prevention of frozen pipes.
If your home does suffer water damage resulting from frozen pipes, Regent Restoration can help. We provide 24/7 emergency response for water damage in Dallas. Our team can help mitigate the loss and return your home to normal quickly. Contact us today.