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At this time of year your home is at risk of having water pipes freeze. Frozen water pipes can burst, spilling water everywhere and destroying your home. Make sure it doesn’t happen to you this winter by reading our tips on how to stop your pipes freezing.
Frequently hot water pipes will freeze before cold water pipes. If you get up on a cold morning and you have cold water but no hot water you may have frozen pipes. If you have no water at one fixture or one area of the home such as a kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, they probably have frozen pipes. Also, garden hoses should be disconnected to keep the hose bibbs from freezing and bursting. If you do not have frost-proof hose bibbs, you should shut them off and drain from inside the basement or crawlspace to avoid bursting.
Tips for preventing your pipes from freezing:
Please read the small print of your insurance policies and contact your insurer if you have any uncertainties of whether or not frozen water pipes are covered. Facing a situation where your frozen water pipes have burst and you are not covered would be a real blow to your family finances.
- If you have a hot water tank this also needs to be insulated. However, take care only to insulate the sides and top of the tank as hot air from below helps to heat the water in the tank.
- Insulate your pipes all year round. You can even use electric heated cable for sub-zero temperatures – but make sure you don’t overlap the cable as this can cause a fire.
- Fix any leaky taps and replace washers. This will stop water from freezing and blocking the pipe.
- Leave the heating on low in cold weather, this helps to heat pipes. It is especially important to do this if you are going away or leaving your home unattended for a period of time, the last thing you want is to come home to a flooded house.
- Leave heat on low in your basement on really cold days to give heated air a chance to circulate in the basement, warming pipes or tanks.
- If there are any draughts in your home, get them sealed before temperatures outside drop. Cold air can freeze both cold and hot pipes.
- Disconnect your hose and turn off the inside valve. You can leave the outside valve open to drain any surplus water.
- If you are planning on being away from your home for a few days, leave the heat on low so the house will stay warm.
What to do if your pipes freeze or burst:
- The first thing you must do if your pipes burst or freeze is to turn off the water at the mains, so it’s important to find out where your mains are in case of an emergency. Stop taps are usually located under the kitchen sink or in the garage.
- We recommend that you contact Clog Master LLC to deal with burst pipe repairs.
- If the pipe has not burst, protect any electrics around the pipe in case it does.
- If the pipe is next to a gas supply, call Clog Master LLC immediately and don’t try and thaw it out yourself.
- You can attempt to thaw the pipes yourself by working from the tap towards the frozen part of the pipe. Apply heat to the pipe using a hairdryer, hot wattle bottle, lamp or towels wrapped round the pipe and drenched in hot water.
- Try not to heat the water too quickly and never let the water in pipes boil – this will cause steam pressure which could burst the pipe. Open the tap to which the frozen pipe supplies water so that when it starts to thaw it can flow out easily.