As the cold winter approaches us, we all soon will be enjoying the pumpkin drinks and hot cocoa but one thing most of us tend to forget about is the danger from within our own homes. We all face this threat, the threat of bursting pipes and many of us are clueless on what to do when the danger finally arrives. Even if you might know what to do, some people, like those who need help from ActiveCare In Home Services, they might not be able to do anything about it. Naturally, we will call a plumber to come help but the cost of their visit can be overwhelming depending on how bad the damages, but did you know you could actually save yourself from this problem?
How Do Pipes Burst?
- Cold Temperatures: One of the most common ways for a pipe to burst is from extreme cold degrees. When water begins to freeze it expands, the molecules within the liquid combine which increase the density of the water which causes it to expand and burst your pipes.
- Heat: Applying heat to said frozen pipes seem like a smart idea but in reality, it isn’t. Heat with will unfreezes the water but the sudden change in temperatures will cause your pipes to combust.
The damage to these pipes varies in pricing and what was affected in the chaos can be costing. Prices can vary from $5,000 to well over $60,000 in repairs and cleanup. The cost of losing precious family pictures and sentimental items in the chaos is more than most can’t handle. Before you panic on the bills and start checking your pipes constantly every hour, try following these few simple steps to keep your pipes in check.
Keep Pipes From Bursting
- Keep from Cold: Now this one is more if you are building a new house or office or something that has to have pipes flowing through it. Any areas when you are building you know that will be insulated or heated are great places to have the pipes pass through these areas to keep them heated.
- Drain Pipes: If you have any sprinkler systems or maybe a pool, it is highly recommended to drain them out every time they have been used but do it correctly. DO NOT use anything that is marketed to keep it from freezing without talking to the plumbing company and asking if it is safe and will it affect your water.
- Protection Wear: Many companies sell sleeves or cover for pipes to guard them against bursts and to keep any burst from actually happening.
Thaw a Frozen Pipe
- Towel or Heavy Duty Bag: If your pipe is already frozen, it is not smart to pour hot water straight on the pipe but if you cover it with a thick towel or a good heavy duty bag before you pour hot water slowly over it then it should thaw out the frozen pipe. Just be sure to be careful of the hot water.
- Torch: If somehow you are able to get your hands on a torch or own one then this step should be easy. Just like the towel, lay some easy and fireproof material over the pipe and with extreme caution ignite the torch and spray the fire CAREFULLY over the material to slowly thaw the pipe.
- Alternative Heat Sources: Hair curling irons, heating lamps, can be used just as well to thaw out the pipe back to safety standards or the simpler route is using your heat setting on your A/C and closing the vents directing the heat into the room of the pipes. This certain option will take it a little longer to thaw and will add to your bill for running the heat but eventually, it will thaw out safely.