Prevent a Burst Pipe in Your Home
Many families go deep into their pockets once the winter season is over. The damage to the pocketbook is because of the frozen water pipes that burst water out once spring replaces the cold season.
This damage can not only be reduced in some ways but also get prevented. Preventing burst pipes is preferable than covering the indemnities that pertain to burst pipes. The following are some of these precautions.
Have the Water Pipes Insulated
When the air temperatures reach a level that is below freezing point, typically 32 degrees fareignheit, exposed pipes can burst or freeze.
The section of water pipes between the water meter and the house is the most vulnerable to icing conditions. When water in the pipes freezes, it expands and causes small fractures.
Any rise in temperature melts the ice leading to leakage from the pipes. In worse situations, the water bursts out causing severe damage.
Therefore, it is of great importance to consult a plumber to cloister the pipes with foam insulation. The insulation on the pipes makes them less susceptible to freezing conditions.
Isolate the Water Supply
In a typical Seattle home setting, the water supply is connected to an outside tap. This kind of pipe work makes the pipes vulnerable to cold weather.
A plumber should be consulted to resolve this by isolating the water supply from the outside tap. The outside taps installed have internal shut-off valves.
During winter, the indoor valves are shut off while the outer ones are kept open. Hence, the water drips out so that there is no danger of water freezing in the pipe.
Have a Plumber Check the Supply Line Between the Cut-Off Valve and Open Valve
During the winter period, all might be set but one thing, the line of pipes that drain water out. When the turn-off valve is in position, water is expected to drain out.
However, if the line of pipes conveying the drained water does not do so, then the pipe will freeze and split. Therefore, a qualified plumber should get consulted to prevent that kind of problem
It is reasonable to get expert advice from experienced plumbers on the ways to prevent bursting of pipes in your Seattle home’s plumbing system. The costs incurred in repairing or redoing the whole pipe work are way greater than the cost of putting in place the precaution measures.
Avoid a costly pipe burst with these key tips! Call Gene Johnson Plumbing & Heating at 206.792.7495 for repairs in your Seattle, WA home.