Frozen pipes are something that no property owner wants to deal with. As the water in frozen pipes expands, it can cause pipes to break and floods to occur. There is no way to guarantee that this never happens in Tulsa, but there are things you can do to prevent this from happening. Follow the steps below to reduce the possibility of frozen pipes and flooding this winter.
#1: Drain outdoor water
Outdoor pipes are obviously more prone to freezing. Take some time to drain sprinkler supply lines, swimming pools, and outdoor hose bibs.
#2: Install pipe sleeves or heat tape to exposed pipes
Take extra care to insulate exposed pipes. Use heat tape or pipe sleeves to provide an extra layer of protection from chilly temperatures.
#3: Monitor your thermostat
Break the habit of turning off your thermostat to save money in the winter. If you ever are out of town, make sure it is not set to anything lower than 55 degrees.
#4: Consider adding insulation
Are your attic, basement, or crawl space in need of insulation? If so, you may want to think about adding some. Doing this won’t just lower the possibility of broken or frozen pipes, it will also help lessen the blow of what your pay for utilities.
#5: Be prepared
If you see a small trickle when you open a faucet, you may have a frozen pipe. With the faucet open, apply heat to the pipe with an electric heating pad or hair dryer. (Do not use an open flame device.) Maintain heat until water pressure is restored.
If you do experience broken pipes in your home or business property this winter, contact Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling of Tulsa OK as soon as possible. Our water restoration services can provide assistance and get you back on your feet soon.