Pipe Bursting Prevention 101

Prevent a Pipe From Bursting in the Future

The arrival of cooler weather means that it is time to winterize your Spokane home. Thousands of houses experience a frozen or burst water line each year.

If a pipe freezes and bursts, the water can cause extensive damage to walls, floors and ceilings as well as household furniture and other belongings.

The longer the problem goes unnoticed, the more expensive the cost of cleanup and repairs will be.

Being prepared can prevent this messy and potentially expensive problem. Follow these suggestions to protect your pipes from freezing when cold weather arrives.

Drain Exterior Faucets

Exterior spigots are most vulnerable to freezing. Disconnect garden hoses. If water freezes inside the hose, it can increase pressure inside the faucet.

Locate and shut off the valve controlling the exterior spigot. Go outside, open the faucet and drain the pipe so that there is no water in the line to freeze. Leave the spigot open.

If your outside faucets do not have a shutoff valve, contact a plumber to install one as a safety precaution. Have your sprinkler system winterized according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Keep Pipes Warm

Pipes that pass through unheated basements, attics and crawlspaces will need to be wrapped with fiberglass or foam insulation. Another option is to have electrical heating tape installed.

Identify the locations were pipes pass though exterior walls. Leave cabinet doors open to increase the temperatures in these vulnerable locations.

Allow air to circulate against the wall or place a space heater nearby. If this is insufficient, the water lines may need to be relocated by a licensed plumber.

Let Faucets Drip

While you would normally call a plumber to fix a dripping faucet to save water and money on your utility bill, the running water can prevent frozen pipes.

Open faucets to allow a small amount of water to drip when extreme cold weather is forecasted. Even a small trickle helps keep the water from freezing inside the pipe. When the winter has passed, ensure that the faucet does not leak or drip. If it does, have it repaired.

If you have concerns or need assistance winterizing your pipes, a licensed plumber can inspect your plumbing system and provide useful advice on how to prevent frozen pipes.

Should you experience a frozen or burst water line, turn off the main water supply valve to your Spokane home and promptly contact a licensed plumber for assistance.

Prevent the next pipe from bursting in your Spokane, WA area today! Call Vietzke Trenchless Inc. today at 509-244-9607.

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