As the winter days get colder, the risk of your pipes freezing are more and more likely if you don’t take precautionary measures. Nobody wants their pipes freezing and bursting, as common as it is, it’s a very expensive fix. One of the most common caused of property damage during the winter and cold weather is ruptured pipes. But, luckily there are steps and preventative measures you can take to prevent ice blockages and frozen pipes. Keeping your pipes warm during the winter is a must, and it might raise your heating bill a little, but a little extra money to keep the pipes warm is definitely worth preventing frozen pipes and burst pipes that could cost thousands to fix.
As the temperatures get colder and colder as the days go by, the water in your pipes begins to freeze. This might not sound like a big deal to you, but it is. Water pipes that freeze are at a higher risk of rupturing, which could result in leaks and flooding.
For those who do not know, when water freezes, it begins to expand. If the water inside of a pip freezes, it will begin to expand, which is putting pressure on the pipes and putting the pipe at risk for a rupture.
Fun fact, pipes hardly ever burst where ice has formed. The freezing portion of the pipe puts pressure between the faucet and the blockage, and that is more than likely where the pipe is going to burst, which ironically is usually in a spot without any ice on it at all.
Guest Contributor: Tiffany Powell