Don’t let the cold get to your pipes this winter
It’s hard to think of a worse start to a New England winter day than turning on the faucet and… nothing. There may be water dripping, but it’s clear you have a frozen pipe. So what now? Here are some smart tips to help you prevent or fix what can quickly become a very messy and expensive situation:
- Take care of your outdoor water pipes: Before cold weather arrives, drain water sprinkler and pool supply lines and remove, drain and store outdoor hoses. If possible, close the internal valves supplying the outdoor hose and open the external ones for draining. Keep them open so that any remaining water can expand without breaking the pipe. If you can̵7;t shut off the water from the inside, pick up some foam faucets.
- Keep your home warm: Maintain an indoor temperature of at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit, even when you are sleeping or away from home. Seal any drafts and leave interior doors open to maintain an even temperature from room to room.
- Take care of these pipes: Leave the cabinet doors open in the kitchen and bathroom so your wiring isn’t cut off from the hot air. You can also insulate your pipes with sleeves, heating tape or heating cable. Insulation is important in unheated spaces, such as the attic, basement, garage or crawl space, and for pipes that run along exterior walls. During severe cold spells, you may want to leave all hot and cold faucets running with a low beep.
- Call a professional: Frozen water in your pipes can cause them to burst, meaning you’ll have a mess on your hands when the water thaws. So act quickly to shut off your main water supply and call a licensed plumber to see the situation.
Finally, contact us at Point Insurance to check if you are covered for the damage a frozen pipe can cause. We are happy to answer all your policy questions this winter and beyond.