Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter!

When homeowners get ready for winter, it’s common to think about attic insulation, windows and similar areas that can be affected by cold temps. It’s easy to overlook water pipes -and they can cause immense damage if they freeze and break.

When the temperature of a water pipe drops below freezing, it can quickly become damaged. When water freezes, it can expand up to ten percent in volume. This creates additional pressure on the pipes and valves in the system.

It’s important to keep pipes from being exposed to cold temperatures. Here are some ways to protect pipes from the cold:
  • Adding insulation to walls that would affect water pipes. 
  • Cover exposed pipes in crawl spaces or attics with insulation sleeves.
  • Re-route any pipes that are on an outside wall to an inside wall. If this isn’t an option, during cold temps keep cabinet doors open below the sink to allow warm air to reach pipes and keep them from freezing.
  • Seal cracks or gaps in the foundation or walls that could allow pipes to be exposed to cold air.

Don’t wait for your home to be damaged from frozen pipes. Contact our office and schedule your free estimate. Our team will review your home and make recommendations for ways you can help reduce the risk of your pipes freezing.

Have questions? Call us! We are happy to help!

 

Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter - Delmarva Insulation
It doesn’t take bitter cold to freeze a water pipe. Temperatures only have to dip to about 20°F for a few hours for an exposed water pipe to be at risk of freezing.
The solution is to keep these pipes from being exposed to cold temperatures. Here’s how:
  • Insulate the walls to protect pipes.
  • Cover exposed pipes in crawl spaces or attics with insulation sleeves.
  • Re-route pipes to an inside wall.
  • Seal any cracks in the foundation or walls that allow pipes to be exposed to cold air.
  • If pipes are in an outside wall to reach a bathroom or kitchen, keep cabinet doors open below the sink to allow warm air to reach pipes and keep them from freezing.
Call us! We can help make sure your home is properly air sealed and insulated.