Burst Pipes & Pipe Insulation


What To Do If You Have Burst Pipes

If it’s freezing, you have water leaking on your floor, or you have no water pressure, it likely means your pipes have burst or are frozen.

Each year, pipes freeze in the homes of more than 50 million families in the United States, according to State Farm™ Insurance. If a pipe bursts and gets even a 1/8-inch crack, it can release 250 gallons of water a day.

You must act fast to prevent further damage and to limit the expenses caused by the damage.

  • No matter what the situation, the first step is to always shut down your home’s main water supply. Depending on the amount of water and location, you may want to first turn off the electricity to your home.
  • If it’s heated water that’s coming from the broken pipe, you should also close the valve attached to your hot water heater.
  • If the burst pipe is still frozen, don’t let it thaw.

After you have completed the above steps, call us and we will get someone out to your home for immediate service.

 

How To Prepare Your Pipes For Cold Weather:

– Insulate your water tank

– Lag your pipes – Any visible pipes should have insulation placed around them, preferably pre-formed foam which wraps around them.

– Dripping taps – Dripping taps are one of the major causes of problems with piping in winter as they freeze easily, eventually leading to blocked pipes. Get them fixed and replace washers.

– Loft doors and hatches – On the coldest days, it can be a good idea to leave loft doors and hatches slightly open to allow warmer air to circulate in roof spaces.

– Garden hoses – Disconnect any hoses and turn them off at the inside valve.