When winter rolls around, the first thing that all homeowners should be concerned about is freezing. Frozen pipes expand from the freezing water, causing them to burst open. Pressure from freezing can reach pressures of 3,000 psi or more. Even a few minutes of a household’s water running through a burst pipe can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
The best way to handle frozen pipes is through prevention. Making sure that all external piping is insulated and well-protected from the cold is the first step. Next, ensure that all household openings (windows, basement openings, doors, etc.) have weather stripping or caulking to prevent interior pipe freezing. If you have a sprinkler system, take time to drain it out for the winter and store it indoors.