Here in Michigan, we are accustomed to having to deal with winters with extreme snowfalls and unbelievably cold temperatures. When temperatures drop, it is important to consider what systems in your home may be impacted. One costly hazard you want to avoid is frozen water pipes. Frozen water pipes can burst, leading to flooding and costly damages to your property.
What Causes Pipes to Freeze
Poor insulation is one of the most common causes of frozen pipes. Without proper insulation, the water in your pipes is more susceptible to freezing, especially when not in use. On average, pipes will freeze within four to five hours when temperatures are 20 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. For those of us in Michigan, we often experience several days in the winter where temperatures are extremely low.
What Steps Can I Take?
One step you can take is making sure that your pipes are well insulated, especially in crawl spaces or attics. In Michigan, proper insulation is key. You’ll want to make sure your home, in general, is prepared for the winter months, including checking for drafts and other problem areas where cold air can enter your home. If you know cold temperatures are coming, you can leave cabinet doors open to keep warm air moving through all areas. You can also allow your faucet to drip overnight, which may be enough to keep the water moving and prevent pipes from freezing.
What to Do When Pipes Freeze
If you fear you may have frozen pipes in your home, it is important to talk with a professional who can provide you with the best advice and services possible. A frozen pipe could increase your risk of having a pipe burst, which can get expensive. Our professional staff can assist you in the event of frozen pipes in your home. Contact us with any questions or concerns surrounding your plumbing.