3 Tips For Avoiding Frozen Pipes In Your Fort Collins Home
A water pipe that freezes and then bursts can cause significant damage to your plumbing system, which is expensive to repair. And then there’s the inconvenience of going without water while the pipe is being repaired. It’s better to keep your pipes from freezing. Here are some preventive measures to consider taking.
The conditions that cause a pipe to freeze are fairly simply: If the temperature in the space where the pipe is located becomes too cold, the water in the pipe will freeze. As the water freezes, it expands, placing greater force on the pipe and eventually causing it to burst. The part of the pipe that isn’t frozen is still holding water, and that water then gushes out of the burst pipe. If you’re not at home when this happens, you could return to significant flooding and damage.
Here’s how you can help to avoid the problem:
- Know which pipes are susceptible to freezing — As a rule, these locations should be considered danger zones: basements, crawl spaces, garages and exterior walls. These spots aren’t heated or don’t get enough heat, and the pipes that run through these places can be prone to freezing.
- Insulate pipes – You have multiple insulation options. Choose foam tubes or electric heating tape. Even socks wrapped around a vulnerable pipe can help. Installing another layer of insulation between a pipe and the exterior wall can keep the air around the pipe warmer, too.
- Take extra steps – When the temperature is very cold, opening the taps can keep the water moving through the pipes so that they’re less susceptible to freezing. You can also shut off your home’s main water supply and drain all the pipes.
Avoiding frozen pipes should be the goal of every homeowner in greater Fort Collins. Contact Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning for help, whether you’re dealing with vulnerable plumbing, thinking about buying a new HVAC system or tending to your annual maintenance.