Prevent a Burst Pipe in Your Home
A single burst pipe in or around your Spokane home can cause a tremendous amount of damage in a short period of time.
Not only will the water find its way to the lowest point of your home and potentially damage the foundation, but it will also create the perfect environment for mold, mildew, and pest infestations.
Here is a look at a handful of ways that you can reduce the risk of your pipes bursting this winter.
Insulate Pipes and Water Heaters
Even modern pipes are not that well insulated, and this means that the water within them can freeze in a short period of time.
One simple and affordable way to prevent this is to have them insulated with snap-on insulation strips.
These insulation strips can be attached to any pipes that you or your plumber have access to including the basement, cupboards, and crawlspaces.
Placing insulation around your water heater will also help it maintain a consistent temperature.
As an added bonus, insulating your pipes and your water heater could also lower your utility bills.
Keep Faucets at a Very Slow Drip
Many people grow up hearing about how much water is wasted when a faucet regularly drips, but this water flow might be your last line of defense against burst pipes.
Instead of allowing your faucets and fixtures to drip constantly, all you need to do is open them up slightly so that there is not a tight seal.
The first thing that this will do is keep the water flowing, and this makes it much more difficult for the water to freeze.
By keeping a slow drip during the winter months, you will also prevent pressure from building up in the pipe due to changes in the temperature and blockage from frozen water.
Have Your Home’s Plumbing Inspected
One of the best things that a Spokane homeowner can do to protect their plumbing during the winter is to have their pipes inspected by a plumber.
An experienced plumber will be able to find any problematic areas throughout the home and come up with solutions to keep the pipes from expanding and retracting.
If you ever believe that a pipe has burst or become frozen, then you should contact a plumber immediately. Properly thawing the pipe and repairing the leak is the best way to prevent extensive water damage from taking place.
Avoid a costly pipe burst with these key tips! Call Vietzke Trenchless Inc. at 509-244-9607 for repairs in your Spokane, WA home.