Winter Plumbing Pipe Breakage and How They Can Be Prevented

10 April 2018

Winter presents many challenges to plumbing systems, whether you have plastic pipes or metal pipes, when water freezes, pipe breakage can occur. Bursting pipes can cause expensive water damage to homes and businesses, leaving concerned property owners on the edge when winter time comes. The best way to ensure that your property is safe from a pipe bursting is to prevent it from happening.

Don’t wait until winter to do something to prevent bursting pipes. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do now to make sure that your pipes are protected.

How to Prevent Winter Plumbing Pipe Breakage

Understand that outdoor pipes are at greater risk of bursting because they are often exposed to harsher conditions. Indoor pipes aren’t exposed to the same extreme cold temperatures that is why it is recommended that hoses and sprinklers have their water turned off during winter months, when the temperature drops to freezing.

Indoor piping can be effectively protected by being insulated with foam padding, or other means, such as installing a circulating pump that will regulate water temperature inside the pipes to prevent water from freezing.

Insulating areas of your home where piping exist will also help prevent bursting pipes, such as the attic and basement. Additional insulation in these areas of your home won’t only help to prevent pipe breakage, but it can also help to reduce the amount of energy you use to heat your home during winter.

What About Burst Pipes?

If the unfortunate happens, and you have a pipe burst, then you should call a plumber as soon as possible. Even if you suspect that a pipe has burst, you should still have a plumber come out and verify it, just to make sure. Thankfully, there are ways to make plumbing repairs easier now, with rescue tape.

What is plumbing rescue tape? It is an amazing invention that allows cracked pipes that have ruptured to be repaired, without having to replace or cut them out. Instead, rescue tape can be professionally wrapped around the damaged area so that the pipe will function again. In fact, when a qualified plumber repairs ruptured pipes using rescue tape, pipes can function normally for years.

However, there are times when damage or the condition of pipes is beyond the scope of rescue tape, such as the case with corrosive pipes, older copper pipes, or severe pipe breakage.

To learn more about how you can prevent winter plumbing pipe breakage, contact the best plumbers at G. Brand & Sons.

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