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3 Tips to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 3 Tips to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing With chances of snow just around the corner, it's important to make sure your pipes are adequately insulated!

It’s been almost a year now since we had a surge of frozen pipes that burst and caused massive damage throughout Catawba County and the surrounding areas. And just recently, we had an ice storm that forced thousands in the area to go without power. With the threat of pipes freezing and bursting, it’s important that you take steps to prevent it from happening.

  • Keep the heat in your house on. Naturally, the one way to prevent something from freezing is to keep it warm. It’s recommended that you keep your heat on and at least about 50°F, though most people prefer to keep it much warmer. However, having the heat on is no guarantee that your pipes will not freeze!
  • Add insulation to improperly insulated pipes. One of the reasons a pipe will freeze is because it is not properly insulated from the cold. Specifically, inspect exposed pipes—or those that located in an attic or basement—to ensure they are sufficiently insulated.
  • Keep interior doors open. While the heat may be on in your home, it might not be reaching your pipes very well. Since they are usually exposed in cabinets, keep those doors open so the heat from the rest of the house can keep them from freezing!

Your home’s pipes can be quite destructive if they burst, so we encourage you to take steps to prevent them from freezing. If they do burst, however, know that our staff at SERVPRO of Catawba County West is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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