Prevent your home’s pipes from freezing and then bursting.
When the temperatures plummet, the risk of your pipes freezing and bursting skyrockets. In fact, burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during the winter months. What’s more, water damage can cause thousands of dollars’ worth of repairs and restoration. To help prevent the pipes in your home from freezing and bursting, take a look at these tips to keep them warm.
- Keep the garage doors closed – Especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.
- Open the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors – This allows the warm air to circulate around the plumbing to keep them from freezing.
- Let the cold water drip from a faucet – Running water through a pipe, even a trickle, can help to prevent the pipe from freezing.
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during the day and night – Be smart about programming your heating.
- Leave the heating on when you’re away for the weekend – Set it to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees.
- Insulate pipes – Especially exposed pipes. Cover them with heat tape or foam insulation.
- Drain exterior water hoses – Disconnect the hose.
- Seal up cracks and leaks – Keep the cold air out and the warm air in. Seal cracks around windows, electrical wiring, dryer vents, and around the pipes.
To protect your home throughout all sorts of disasters that are out of your control, visit the team at C.V. Mason Insurance Agency. Our home insurance policies work to protect residents in Bristol and neighboring cities in Connecticut. Give our experts a call for more information.