Freezing pipes lead to insurance claims from water damage. In many cases, it’s a simple repair or simple maintenance that can prevent the damage.
Pipe Repairs to do in Advance of Freezing Weather:
Most pipe freezes occur in thinner structures of piping. Quest plumbing has a very strong record of failing by cracking and/or leaking. Quest plumbing needs to be removed and replaced with either Pexi or copper. Pexi has a very good record when it comes to freezing without splitting. Copper piping will freeze and crack.
For all toilet and/or sink connections, we recommend using a stainless steel, braided connecting hose. It’s a good repair to do and it will last for years. We recommend the same type of connecting hose for clothes washers as well.
How to Prevent Freezing Pipes During a Cold Spell:
Here is a checklist of simple things you can do to keep your pipes from freezing.
- Open cabinet doors below sinks to allow warm air into those closed spaces.
- Set the faucet to a very slow drip.
- Don’t close off sections of your house that have plumbing lines passing through it during freezing cold weather. This will improve the warm air circulation throughout your home and around the pipes.
- If you’ll be away from your home for several days during the winter, turn your heat down, but not off.
Here’s an additional resource with more tips for preventing freezing pipes inside and out.