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How to Prevent Water Pipes from Breaking

Flooding happens due to many reasons, and one of the usual causes of flooding in homes and buildings is when water pipes break. When this happens, you may find yourself with a home or an office that is in need of water damage restoration. Before this happens, you should do something to help prevent it.

What can cause a pipe to break and how can you prevent such a thing from happening? There are many things that can be done to help stop pipes from bursting, and the key is in doing these before the cold season begins. It is, after all, during the cold winter season when pipes break, and this is because of the water that freezes in these pipes.

When ice is formed in your pipes, it expands as ice usually does, and this is one of the causes why pipes crack and break. The pipes often crack in areas that do not have ice, and the cracks occur because of the water pressure that builds up due to the blockage created by the ice. This is why, when pipes break during winter, you will see flooding happening. In order to prevent these, here are some tips that may be of some help:

  • Winterize your pipes. This means that you should assess which pipes are vulnerable to freezing and insulate these. If insulation is not enough to keep some pipes from freezing, you should consider wrapping these up in something that can heat them to keep water flowing, like electrical heating tape.
  • If you are expecting an extra cold day, do not lower your heat even if you are going out of your home. Leave the heat on even while you are at work or in school, so that your pipes do not freeze.
  • When you are experiencing an extra cold day, open up your sink cabinets to let warm air from your home reach them. If you keep your cabinets closed, there is a big chance that you will find water in pipes under your sink frozen since the closed cabinet doors will have left the space cold because heat cannot get in.
  • During a rather cold night, aside from leaving sink cabinets open, you should also let your faucets run at a trickle. Running water does not freeze over, and letting water run through even just a little will help prevent freezing and pipe breaking from happening.
  • When you suspect a pipe is frozen, turn off the water main and call a professional for help.

These are just a few of the things you can do when you want to keep your pipes from cracking and breaking. Prevention is always better than a cure, but if you do find yourself with broken pipes and flooding has occurred, you will need to call in experts to help with cleanup, remediation and repairs. Kennedy Carpet is one such company that can help you with flooding issues that come with the breaking of pipes. Contact us today at 888-369-8626 to ask about our water damage restoration services and what we can do to help you. You can also get in touch with us through our contact page.