The recent severe weather has cost Americans millions of dollars in damages. With economic losses estimated in the billions, it’s crucial that property owners do everything they can to prevent any possible risks. If a pipe bursts and sustains even a extremely small crack, it can release 250 gallons of water a day.
A pipe burst may cause financial and emotional stress. There are ways in which you can release some of the financial stress, but you will need to act fast in order to prevent more damage.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Pipes most readily burst in freezing temperatures. The easiest pipes to keep from freezing are the ones that are never exposed to freezing temperatures. If you have pipes that are exposed to the elements, it is best to have them re-routed by a plumber. It is also helpful to wrap pipes in foam insulation, which helps the water inside to maintain a constant temperature.
Fixing Frozen Pipes
If your pipes are frozen but have yet to burst, take immediate action. Generally, if you are able to heat the pipes back up you can avoid a disaster.
Fixing Burst Pipes
If the pipe bursts, but is still frozen inside, shut off the water immediately. If the water is already rushing out of the pipe, take the same steps to shut off the water and call a plumber.
Your homeowner’s policy may not cover you if you leave without taking any precautions. Turn off the water to your home and drain the water lines if you decide to leave home.
Keep in mind that your first step should always be to shut off the main water source, and take the necessary steps in order to keep your pipes from bursting from the start. Pipe insulation can cost as little as 50 cents!