Preventing Frozen Pipes During the Winter

Are Your Pipes Freezing?

The 2014 and 2015 Pittsburgh winters delivered record-breaking temperatures, with the cold reaching into the sub-zero zone. Many homeowners and business owners woke up with the nasty realization that their pipes had frozen—and some, unfortunately, then burst, causing thousands of dollars’ worth of damage.

With the coldest part of winter upon us again, it’s important to know how to protect your water pipes so that you don’t experience a pipe deep-freeze, followed by water damage.

Frozen Pipes

Keep Your Pipes Safe This Winter

The good news is that in a few simple steps, you’ll be able to protect your pipes from the cold.

  • First, take a look at where your pipes are and see which ones are close to a wall that borders the outside. These are the pipes that will be most likely to freeze when it becomes cold at night. This could include your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room sinks, as well as garage pipes. Insulate these pipes with inexpensive insulation material or heating tape that can be purchased at the hardware store.
  • If you see cracks or holes in your masonry outside where cold air could be creeping in (or flowing freely), have them patched immediately. Not only do they expose your water pipes to the outside, they’re carrying air or wind into your home, and making the surrounding areas very cold.
  • Close all windows and doors that are near your water pipes. Even if you usually crack a window open for the fresh air, you should only do that during the day, and for only short periods of time. If your windows are old, weather-seal them—it will help your utility bills down, too.
  • Keep your home’s temperature above 67 degrees. If you are concerned about pipes in your basement, be sure that your heating register is wide open so that the warm air will circulate.

If you experience burst pipes at your Pittsburgh business or residence, you’ll need to call a water damage mitigation company to clean your space and ensure that mold or mildew doesn’t begin to grow in moist areas. Firewater Response is available to take your calls 24/7, because water disasters happen at any time. Our crews will evaluate the water damage, pump out the water, eliminate mold and then dry out your property.

Call Firewater Response today for water damage restoration in and around Pittsburgh.