Protect your property from burst pipes with these tips.
A careful homeowner knows that certain risks to the property will never completely be eliminated. One of these is the danger of burst pipes. They can happen any time of the year, in any region, and can cause flooding, property loss, mold, mildew, and structural damage. The risk of burst pipes increases significantly during the winter. Fortunately, there are many ways for you to manage the risk of your pipes freezing in the first place. Here’s how you can help.
- Insulate Pipes
Start with professional-grade insulation and wrap it around pipes in the attic, basement, and garage. In addition, seal any possible air leaks around the pipes, electrical cables, and vents. Next, add extra insulation to exposed pipes, especially those near exterior walls. In periods of cold weather, consider using heat tape for extra protection.
- Install a Sensor
You know how you’re glued to your smartphone? Put it to use! New water-flow sensors are smart-home compatible and can send you warnings if there is an issue. Sensors can alert you about major changes in your water usage, such as leaks, helping you save money and prevent damage.
- Keep Your Home Warm
If you’re going to work or heading out on a weekend away, don’t be tempted to turn off the heat. Keep the heating on at a low and consistent temperature so that the pipes are in use and less susceptible to freezing.
- Shut Off Water to Exterior Pipes
If you have fixtures outside, such as a hose or sprinkler system, detach them before the cooler weather hits. Remember to winterize sprinkler systems as well to prevent any water issues in the spring.
- Let the Faucet Drip
It may seem counterproductive, but letting the water drip (even at just a trickle) can help prevent pipes from freezing. This allows you to control and reduce the pressure, which is a result of freezing temperatures.
These tips will help you prevent your home from suffering burst water pipes. To safeguard your finances against potential water damage, review your homeowners insurance. This policy can help to repair or replace belongings if a pipe does burst. For reliable homeowners insurance, contact Perry & Carroll to get started.