Cold weather happens. There's not much we can do about that (unless we move to Florida!). Your house is your warm safe haven, provided you keep the furnace running and water pipes safe from bursting. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety says that a burst pipe can cause $5,000.00 of damage. Here are their recommendations for keeping your plumbing flowing safely this winter:
- Seal all doors and windows.
Make sure the weather strip around the door jams and window frames is intact. Your furnace will work better if you keep the heat in the house.
- Allow faucets to drip. Warmer water from the house is circulated through the pipe, making it less likely to freeze. If it does freeze, the open valve allows pressure to escape from the pipe. It is the pressure that makes pipes burst, not the ice.
- Wrap pipes with insulation. Foam or fiberglass sleeves keep the cold away and allows the pipe to keep its internal temperature, longer.
- Install back-up power generators. Loss of power means loss of heat. Loss of heat leads to frozen pipes!
- Open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach pipes under sinks. This is useful for pipes in a kitchen or bathroom that may be on an outside wall of the house.