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Causes of Frozen Burst Pipes
Frozen burst pipes are a common problem during the winter season, especially in areas where temperatures can drop below freezing point. Some of the causes of frozen burst pipes include:
- Inadequate insulation: When pipes are not properly insulated, they are more susceptible to freezing and bursting.
- Exterior air leaks: When cold air from outside enters your home through cracks or gaps in your walls, it can lower the temperature inside your home, causing your pipes to freeze.
- Neglected or unheated areas: Pipes in neglected or unheated areas such as garages, attics, and crawl spaces are more prone to freezing and bursting.
- Water pressure: When water pressure in your pipes is too high, it can increase the likelihood of frozen burst pipes.
- Aging pipes: Older pipes may be more vulnerable to freezing and bursting due to corrosion or wear and tear over time.
If you suspect that you have frozen pipes, it's important to act quickly to prevent them from bursting and causing costly water damage.
Preventative Measures for Frozen Burst Pipes
Here are some preventative measures that can help prevent frozen and burst pipes:
- Make sure your furnace is on when it's cold or when you're not home.
Make sure that your walls, crawl spaces, garages, basements, ceilings, and pipes are well insulated.
- Keep a small trickle of water running from the highest faucet in the house. This small amount of water running through your pipes is enough to keep them from freezing and bursting.
- Before winter comes, have your sprinkler lines blown out in the fall.
Turn off the main water shut-off valves right away and open the faucet closest to the pipe that burst to release the pressure.
- Know where the valves are that turn off the water to your toilets, ice maker, fridge, and water heater.
- If you live in an apartment or condo with other people, have your HOA teach your neighbors about shut-off valves and other safety measures.
Save Money and Prevent Damage with Pipe Insulation
Did you know that uninsulated hot water pipes can cost you up to 40% of your monthly home energy bill, and even worse, cause severe damage to your home if they burst? That's why it's important to properly insulate your water pipes to protect your home and wallet.
At King Rooter & Plumbing, we offer pipe insulation solutions to help keep your pipes from freezing during Colorado's freezing temperatures. Our expert technicians can install water pipe insulation and heat tape to prevent heat loss, ensure your hot water heater works efficiently, and save you money on your energy bills.
Don't let your pipes freeze or your energy bills skyrocket – call King Rooter & Plumbing today to schedule your pipe insulation installation.
What To Do If You Get a Burst Pipe
If you have a burst pipe, it's important to act quickly to minimize the damage. Here are the steps you should take:
- Shut off the main water valve: The first thing you need to do is turn off the main water valve to prevent more water from flooding into your home.
- Turn off the electricity: If there is water near any electrical outlets or appliances, turn off the electricity to your home to prevent electrical shocks or fires.
- Call a plumber: Contact a licensed plumber like King Rooter & Plumbing right away to fix the burst pipe. Our emergency plumbing services are available 24/7 to help you in situations like this.
- Remove any standing water: Use buckets, mops, or a wet/dry vacuum to remove any standing water to prevent damage to your floors or walls.
- Dry out the affected area: Use fans or a dehumidifier to dry out the affected area and prevent mold growth.
- Document the damage: Take photos or videos of the damage for insurance purposes.
By taking these steps, you can minimize the damage from a burst pipe and prevent further issues down the line.