Play it Safe This Winter
How to Protect Your Pipes:
Winter is on the way, and freezing weather brings the threat of frozen and bursting pipes. A burst pipe, no matter the size, can cause water damage to your walls, carpets, floors and ceilings. Here are tips to avoid pipe problems this season.
The Changing Shape of Water
It’s basic physics: when water freezes, it expands. And if a metal or plastic pipe is containing the water, the expansion can cause that pipe to break. Pipes that are along the exterior walls of a home are vulnerable, as are pipes in attics or basements. These areas may not get enough heat or do not have proper insulation.
An Ounce of Prevention
When the weather gets extremely cold, you can let a bit of water drip from your faucets. Even a very small flow of water can prevent the pipe from freezing. You can also keep your home at the same temperature during the day and night—the consistent temperature will help keep your pipes happy. And always keep your thermostat above 55 degrees if you are going to be away from home during a cold snap—or turn off the water completely if you will be gone for an extended time.
Detecting Pipe Problems the Old-Fashioned Way
If you notice your faucet will not run or the toilet is not refilling properly, a pipe may be frozen. Inspect the pipes and look for any frost accumulating on the outside of the pipe. Check for dripping water or any unusual odors. These could all be clues that you have a frozen or burst pipe in your home.
Try Modern Leak Detection Instead
Protect by LeakSmart® with Flow has a flow meter that monitors water usage 24/7 and when a LeakSmart sensor identifies a leak, the valve will automatically shut off the water in 5 seconds, and you will be instantly notified on your smart phone. This quick shut off provides peace of mind that your home is protected from catastrophic water damage.
‘Tis the Season for Smart Water Management
Before winter sets in, contact your plumbing contractor and ask about installing Protect by LeakSmart® with Flow.