With the colder weather approaching us, now is an excellent time to learn more about how to avoid frozen pipes, and the subsequent water damage that can occur should those pipes expand and burst. Although sudden and accidental discharge of water from plumbing is covered under most homeowners’ insurance policies, it is always better to avoid this occurrence entirely.
To prevent frozen pipes:
Leave the heat on in your home to a minimum of 55ºF during bitterly cold conditions.
Remember to use all of your plumbing fixtures at some point during the day.
Drain and then cover all external faucets.
During extreme cold, keep the indoor faucets running at a slow drip to maintain water flow.
Should you experience a loss resulting in water damage, turn off the water supply as soon as possible. Homeowners should also contact a water mitigation specialist, such as SERVPRO, to dry out your home properly before mold or mildew can set in.
Be sure to take a look at this video from This Old House that we found useful in checking and preparing your pipes