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Protecting Your Plumbing Pipes: Common Reasons for Winter Bursts and Prevention Tips

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January 29, 2024
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Understanding Winter Plumbing Pipe Risks: Common Causes and Preventive Measures

As temperatures drop during the winter months, your home's plumbing system becomes vulnerable to potential damage, with burst pipes being a common and costly occurrence. At Phil & Paul's Plumbing, we understand the importance of protecting your pipes from freezing temperatures and the devastation that burst pipes can cause. In this blog post, we'll discuss the common reasons for winter bursts and provide valuable prevention tips to safeguard your plumbing system.

Common Reasons for Winter Bursts:

  1. Freezing Temperatures: When water inside pipes freezes, it expands, putting immense pressure on the pipe walls. If the pressure becomes too great, the pipe can burst, leading to water damage and costly repairs.
  2. Poor Insulation: Pipes located in unheated or uninsulated areas of your home, such as attics, crawl spaces, and exterior walls, are more susceptible to freezing. Lack of insulation allows cold air to penetrate, increasing the risk of burst pipes.
  3. Thermostat Malfunction: A malfunctioning thermostat or setting the temperature too low can result in inadequate heating, causing pipes to freeze and burst.
  4. Neglected Outdoor Faucets: Outdoor faucets and hose bibs are particularly vulnerable to freezing temperatures if not properly insulated or drained before winter. Water left inside can freeze and expand, leading to burst pipes.

Prevention Tips to Protect Your Pipes:

  1. Insulate Exposed Pipes: Insulate pipes in unheated or uninsulated areas of your home using pipe insulation sleeves or wrapping them with heat tape. Pay special attention to pipes located in attics, crawl spaces, and exterior walls.
  2. Maintain Adequate Heating: Keep your home's temperature consistent, especially during cold snaps. Set your thermostat to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit, even when away from home, to prevent pipes from freezing.
  3. Seal Air Leaks: Seal gaps and cracks in walls, windows, and doors to prevent cold drafts from entering your home and reaching exposed pipes.
  4. Drain Outdoor Faucets: Before winter sets in, disconnect and drain outdoor hoses, and shut off the water supply to outdoor faucets. Install insulated faucet covers for added protection.
  5. Let Faucets Drip: During extreme cold spells, allow faucets connected to exposed pipes to drip slowly. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing by relieving pressure.
  6. Schedule Inspections: Before winter arrives, schedule a plumbing inspection with Phil & Paul's Plumbing. Our experienced plumbers can identify vulnerable areas in your plumbing system and provide recommendations to prevent burst pipes.

By taking proactive measures to protect your pipes during the winter months, you can avoid the inconvenience and expense of burst pipes and water damage. At Phil & Paul's Plumbing, we're here to help you safeguard your home's plumbing system and provide peace of mind during the coldest months of the year. Schedule a consultation with us today, and let's ensure your pipes remain intact and functional throughout winter.

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