Every year, approximately 250,000 homes experience damage caused by frozen pipes, according to State Farm Insurance. As the water in frozen pipes expands, it can cause flooding from broken pipes. There is no way to guarantee that this never happens in St Paul, but there are things you can do to prevent this experience. Follow the steps below to lower the possibility of flooding this winter.
#1: Drain outdoor water
Outdoor pipes are obviously more susceptible to freezing. Schedule time to drain your sprinkler supply lines, swimming pools, and outdoor hose bibs.
#2: Install pipe sleeves or heat tape to exposed pipes
Take extra care to insulate exposed pipes. You can use pipe sleeves or heat tape to provide an extra layer of protection from chilly weather.
#3: Monitor your thermostat
Break the habit of turning off your thermostat to save money in the winter. If you ever go on vacation, make sure it is not set to anything lower than 55 degrees.
#4: Consider adding insulation
Check your attic, basement, and crawl spaces to see if they are lacking insulation. This purchase won’t only lower the possibility of broken or frozen pipes, it will also help lessen the blow of what your pay for utilities.
#5: Be prepared
If you see a slow trickle when you open a faucet, you may have a frozen pipe. Keep the faucet open and apply heat, either with a hair dryer or electric heating pad, to the pipe. (Do not use an open flame device.) Maintain heat until water pressure is restored.
If you do experience broken pipes in your home or business property this winter, contact Paul Davis Restoration of Greater St. Paul MN as soon as possible. Our professional water restoration services can provide assistance in an emergency like this.