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Frozen Pipe Prevention

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

pipe with ice around it Keep these tips in mind during the colder weather to prevent frozen pipes.

Even though we have had a pretty warm winter for Kansas so far, when the temperatures do end up dropping, the risk of your pipes freezing and bursting increases. I used to hold off on turning on our heater for as long as possible in the winter, but now that I know burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause thousands in water damage, no thank you.  

The pipes most likely to freeze are usually those in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, and garages. But even pipes running through cabinets or exterior walls can freeze. The good news is there are some simple things you can do to keep your water running and your house dry. 

  • Open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing especially at night.  
  • Let water drip from the faucet, running water through the pipe, even at a trickle helps prevent freezing.  
  • Turn the heat on in your home if you plan to be away during cold weather.  
  • Keep your garage doors closed. 
  • Add insulation around pipes to areas that are unheated especially within in the first 2 feet that pipes go from inside to outside.  

If the temperature outside drops below freezing, your pipes might be at risk of bursting. SERVPRO of Northeast Wichita is available if disaster strikes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please give us a call (316) 684-6700.  

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