Cleveland OH (PRWEB) October 14, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage restoration services in the United States, is offering suggestions for home and business owners on the proper maintenance and protection of their indoor and outdoor water pipes as fall and winter begin to set in across the country.
Frozen water pipes are inconvenient enough, since they prevent water from flowing smoothly through your home to where it is needed. There is a worse problem, however, since frozen pipes are prone to burst as the ice within them swells, and the result could be serious water damage to the property. Fortunately, some seasonal home maintenance can alleviate these problems.
Homes should be winterized every year to protect them against the bitter cold, ice, and snow that may occur. The first step is to identify the pipes that are most likely to freeze up when the temperatures drop significantly. Pipes that run along the exterior of the home will be the first to freeze up, particularly in older homes that may not be sufficiently insulated. Also, pipes that run through attic crawlspaces, garages, and the basement will be likely to freeze.
Pipe insulation may be purchased at your local home improvement store. These are foam tubes that are placed around each pipe inside the home, making it less likely that the pipes will freeze up. If certain areas are particularly susceptible to freezing, the electric heating tape may be used to wrap the pipes securely. Fiberglass insulation may also be placed between pipes and exterior walls to keep the temperatures properly elevated. Extra insulation should also be placed at any location where the piping enters the home. These pipes often freeze faster since the cold travels along those pipes from the outdoors into the interior.
On extra cold days, it is also prudent to leave just a little warm water running through the pipes, as this will go a long way toward warding off any potential freezing that may occur. Leaving several faucets running will also pull more water in through the main pipe, cutting down on the likelihood of the pipes freezing up. Pipes may also need to be drained completely ahead of any forecasts cold snaps that threaten to bring sub freezing temperatures.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water restoration in the country, with providers in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is fully guaranteed.