HOUSTON, Jan. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Winter weather brings opportunity to snuggle and get cozy inside your home, but don't forget your pipes! They need to stay warm, too; otherwise, you'll be dealing with frozen pipes and the potential damage it can cause.
If water in the pipe freezes, ice exerts pressure, and it can burst, leaving home owners with water damage and costly repairs. Luckily, according to Benjamin Franklin Plumbing® professionals, there are a few simple tips to help prevent frozen pipes. Here are tips to keep water moving and pipes warm:
- Allow the faucet to drip.
Keeping water moving will prevent pressure from building up and keep the pipe from bursting. This is typically good for short-term fixes like overnight when the temperature lowers to freezing, and you are still home. That way, you can still turn the water off during the day and limit your water usage. A few pennies spent on water overnight is better than salvaging water damage after a burst pipe.
- Keep inside doors and cabinet doors open.
A lesser known trick, but an easy one. A closed cabinet door essentially seals your pipes in a refrigerator. The open doors help air flow move and let the heat from the rest of the house help avoid frozen pipes.
- Add extra insulation.
Keep your pipes warm by using formal pipe insulation or newspaper. Pipes in basements or attics are not the only ones that may not be properly insulated from the cold; if you have had a problem with frozen pipes anywhere in your home, extra insulation could be the answer.
- Seal up cracks and holes.
You should caulk any holes or cracks that exist near pipes. This should be done on both interior and exterior walls. Doing so can help keep the cold air out and the warm air in. A simple project that can make a big difference!
- Know the signs of frozen pipes and call a plumber immediately if you expect your pipes have frozen.
If you notice frost on your exposed pipes, such as the ones in unheated garages, crawl spaces and attics – or if it's below freezing outside and you experience slow or uneven water supply – there's a good chance your pipes are frozen or in the process of freezing. Go to the home's main water valve and shut it off immediately, and call a plumber.
For more plumbing information and tips to help protect your home this winter, contact the Benjamin Franklin Plumbing location in your area. To find the location nearest you, visit www.benjaminfranklinplumbing.com.
About Benjamin Franklin Plumbing®
The Benjamin Franklin Plumbing brand is part of the Direct Energy family and is currently ranked by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the leading plumbing franchises (Franchise 500, January 2017.) Our trusted plumbing professionals offer customers on-time plumbing services, replacement and repairs. Franchised locations are independently owned and operated businesses.
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About Direct Energy
Direct Energy is one of North America's largest retail providers of electricity, natural gas, and home and business energy-related services with over four million customers. Direct Energy gives customers choice, simplicity, and innovation where energy, data, and technology meet. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE: CNA), an international energy and services company, Direct Energy, its subsidiaries and/or affiliates, operate in 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 4 provinces in Canada. To learn more about Direct Energy, please visit www.directenergy.com.
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