When water freezes, it expands. That’s why a
can of soda explodes if it’s put into a freezer to chill quickly and forgotten. When water freezes
in a pipe, it expands the same way. If it expands enough, the pipe bursts, water escapes and serious damage results.
How can you prevent pipes bursting in cold spells?
- let a faucet drip
- When away from the house for an extended period during the winter, be careful how much you lower the heat. A lower temperature may save on the heating bill, but there could be a disaster if a cold spell strikes and pipes that normally would be safe, freeze and burst.
- drain the water system. To drain the system, shut off the main valve and turn on every water fixture (both hot and cold lines) until water stops running.
-Cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes should be sealed with caulking to keep cold wind away from the pipes.
- Kitchen and bathroom cabinets can keep warm inside air from reaching pipes under sinks and in adjacent outside walls. It’s a good idea to keep cabinet doors open during cold spells to let the warm air circulate around the pipes.
Frozen pipes are one of the biggest risks of property damage when the
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3 CATEGORIES OF WATER
Water carries hidden dangers that may not be immediately evident in the event of a flood. It is important to know all three categories of water to help better assess your situation after flood damage. Once the category of water damage has been determined, it is easier to begin the proper drying techniques, and it also helps conclude what items can and cannot be restored once the water is removed. Here are a few quick ways to establish what category of flood damage is affecting your