How To Prevent Frozen Pipes
As the weather gets colder, it is a good idea to prepare our homes. It is especially important to do some preparation to avoid frozen pipes occurring. Preventing frozen pipes during the winter is crucial to avoid the inconvenience, potential costs and damage associated with burst pipes.
What causes burst pipes?
When water freezes, it expands. This means that if there is water in the pipes which has frozen, pressure is applied to the pipe from the inside out. A burst pipe can happen if the pipe can not withstand the pressure. Factors which can affect a pipe bursting include:
- The age
- Shape of the pipe
- The type of pipe
- Volume of water frozen
- If there was corrosion in the pipe
How can you prevent frozen pipes?
Insulate Exposed Pipes
One of the most effective ways to prevent frozen pipes is to insulate any exposed plumbing, especially in unheated areas like basements, attics, and garages. Pipe insulation sleeves, foam, or heat tape can provide an extra layer of protection.
Even small cracks or gaps in walls, windows, and doors can let in cold air, making your pipes more susceptible to freezing. Seal these leaks with caulking or weather stripping to keep the cold out.
Let Taps Drip
Allowing taps to drip slightly can relieve pressure within the pipes, reducing the risk of freezing. Running both hot and cold water at a slow trickle can be effective.
Drain Irrigation Systems
If you have an irrigation system, make sure to drain it before winter sets in. Water left in the pipes can freeze and lead to costly damage.
Turn Off the Water if You Plan To Go Away
If you know you are going to be on holiday, or away from your home for a period of time, it is worth turning your water off at the stopcock.
Taking these preventive measures will go a long way in protecting your pipes from freezing this winter. It’s essential to be proactive, as frozen pipes can not only disrupt your daily life but also result in costly repairs and water damage. By following these guidelines, you can safeguard your plumbing system and enjoy a worry-free winter season.
If you’re still worried about your pipework when the cold weather rolls in, here are a few tell-tale signs to look out for:
- Little or no water coming from your taps or shower
- Exposed pipes that appear frosty or wet
- Unusual noises coming from your system when you flush the toilet or use your sink. Bubbling or whistling sounds could be a sign of air trying to escape your pipes through a blockage
- Damp patches or rings on walls or ceilings.
Contact DASA today
If you are experiencing drainage issues, or would like to have a drain survey completed before the weather gets colder, DASA can help. Get in touch with a member of our specialist staff today and they will be happy to put you in touch with a local engineer.
DASA has a fully trained and experienced team of engineers who offer drainage services and can quickly and effectively provide solutions. Contact us today on 0800 142 2783 or fill in our online form here.