Plumbing Tips from an Avid DIY-er

How To Prevent A Plumbing Pipe From Bursting

The cold temperatures of winter can cause problems with your plumbing. When temperatures reach below zero, there is a risk of pipes bursting and your home becoming flooded with water. This happens due to the water inside the pipe freezing and expanding, which will cause small cracks to form in the pipe and compromise the pipe's stability. When the pipes thaw, water will push its way through those cracks and lead to a pipe burst. Here are some ways you can prevent those pipes from bursting in your home.

Leave The Pipes Dripping

The stagnation of the water in the pipes is what contributes to the water in them freezing. That is why it helps to leave faucets dripping slightly with a little bit of water to keep the water moving when the temperature outside gets really cold.

Open Vanity Doors

If you have sinks with a vanity underneath them, you'll want to open the doors to the vanity to prevent pipes from freezing. While this is not the only technique you need to use, it is best when combined with other techniques. It helps circulate the warm air in your home to the area underneath your sink, where the pipes are located. Without opening the vanity doors, the air inside will be significantly colder than the air in your home. It also helps to leave bathroom exhaust vents running to help circulate the air in your bathroom.

Disconnect Garden Hoses

Make sure that you disconnect garden hoses from outdoor spigots when the winter comes. The problem is that there is most likely water in the hose, which can back into the pipe due to pressure when the water starts to freeze. Water can also be trapped in the connection where the hose meets the spigot, causing that part to break as well. Simply disconnect the host to keep the plumbing safe.

Heat Your Pipes

Exposed pipes in your basement or crawl space with no heat are more likely to freeze as well. You can keep your pipes warm with a few methods. The best thing you can do is apply an electric heating cable to the pipes, which will actually warm the pipe and prevent them from freezing. If you don't want to use heating cables, you can use foam insulation to better insulate the pipes. A little bit of foam can go a long way, and it's a very cheap DIY project.

For more details on how you can best take care of your plumbing, contact a professional like those at Quality Plumbing.