WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014
The weather in Cleveland can be very turbulent, to say the least. One of the issues facing our region is the freezing & bursting of pipes. There are some steps you can do to try & help prevent this from happening when the weather turns extremely cold.
1. Pipes in Attics, Crawlspaces, or otherwise exposed to the exterior are most vulnerable. Make sure these pipes are properly protected & insulated against the elements.
2. Maintain proper heating in your home or building. Insurance policies may limit or exclude coverage if water damage was done by freezing pipes that burst, if you are not maintaining heat in the building.
3. Leaving a pipe open with a small drip may help relieve the pressure within the pipe. While this alone may not prevent the pipe from freezing, it may help prevent the pressure that builds up which can cause the pipe to burst. Since this may end up wasting some water, you would only want to do this to the pipes that are most vulnerable.
4. If you have un-insulated pipes in kitchen cabinets or bathrooms exposed to an outside wall or colder area, you may want to open the cabinet doors. That will allow the warmer air from the home to get to these areas. In normal times this would not be necessary. But in extreme cold, this may help keep those pipes a little warmer.
5. Make sure to seal any cracks or openings in the home, where pipes are located.
If your pipe has frozen & burst you will need to make sure you turn off the water at the main shutoff valve in the house. You should contact your insurance agent or company as soon as possible.