It's that time of year where the pipes may freeze.
SERVPRO of North Rensselaer/South Washington Counties gets flooded with calls each winter due to pipes bursting. Sometimes they are big jobs and sometimes they are small jobs. One thing, however, that all these jobs have is insulated pipes. Here are some tips on making sure the pipes don’t burst.
- The use of pipe insulation- Pipe insulation is used to prevent metal and rigid plastic water filled lines from freezing.
- Different Types of insulation include: Mineral wool, glass wool, flexible elastomeric foams, rigid foam, polyethylene, cellular glass, aerogel.
- Opening cabinets- Pipes can be located on exterior walls. Watching out for signs that the weather is going to be colder than usual, will help determine whether or not you should open up your cabinet doors so that the heat from the inside the house can help keep the warmth on the pipes.
- Different areas that a pipe could be on an exteriors wall. Kitchen sinks, washing machines, and bathroom sinks.
- Turning on the faucet-When the temperature hovers around -20 degrees, its time to let a least one faucet drip. Be sure to pay close attention to waters pipes because temperatures in this unheated interior spaces usually mimic outdoor temperatures.
- Different area in the house that could be affected in the winter months are, attics, garages, basements, and crawl spaces.
If you have frozen pipes and they burst and affect your home. Give SERVPRO a call. 518-677-3444