Why do pipes burst in the cold?
Although cold temperatures generally cause things to contract, ice has more volume than water so when water freezes inside a pipe, it expands and increases pressure inside the pipe. The building pressure needs to escape so it literally bursts right out of the pipe.
What can I do to prevent my pipes from bursting?
- Allow faucets to drip. Letting your faucet drip promotes water movement. Moving water is less likely to freeze, even if it’s a trickle, it can help prevent your pipes from bursting.
- Insulate pipes. Insulating your pipes adds an extra layer of protection from freezing temperatures. There are several materials you can use to insulate your pipes, such as foam and heat tape. You can usually find these materials at your local home improvement store.
- Open sink cabinets. Opening sink cabinets in your kitchen and bathrooms allows warm indoor air to surround pipes. The warm air around the pipes can prevent the water from freezing.
- Maintain pipes. You should routinely inspect your water pipes for any signs of damage, especially before the colder months. Damaged pipes should be repaired or replaced immediately. Pipes that are compromised with cracks are more likely to burst at the slightest instance of water expanding.
What do I do if I think my pipes have burst?
To stop the water from spraying, turn off the main water supply, then quickly start opening up all of the faucets in your home. This will elevate the pressure off of the lines. Then, call Allegiance Service Group as we have Licensed Plumbers on call 24/7 to help in the event this does happen at your home or business.