When you are looking for flood cleanup in Pocatello from a broken pipe, Idaho Fire and Flood is the company you can trust to restore your home or business. We do want to help you avoid flooding from broken pipes though, so here are a few things you can do to keep this from happening.
- Electrical heat tape can be applied to exposed pipes. This type of product supplies warmth to the exterior of a pipe using an electricity in order to stop the water from freezing in the first place. Make sure you install this type of tape using the manufacturer’s directions.
- If you have air vents under your home or crawl space entry points under you home, it is important that you seal off these air vents and entries to the crawlspace as winter approaches each year. With these areas left open, cold winds blow through the space unhindered and can easily freeze pipes.
- Before winter, it’s a good idea to disconnect hoses from the water supply, drain, and store them. To protect outdoor faucets from freezing, they should be shut off, using a main water valve if possible, and thoroughly drained. If you don’t have a draining section in your yard, then it is possible to use an air compressor to blow the water out of the pipes.
- Consider installing frost-free water hydrants in place of standard outdoor faucets. A frost-free hydrant uses a pipe that is buried more than two feet underground. Each time the hydrant is used and then turned off, the excess water drains until it is below the “frost zone” of the ground.
- If leaving home for several days or longer during cold weather, it can be helpful to shut off the main water valve and drain water from pipes inside the home. This will prevent the unpleasant surprise of broken pipes when you return home.
- When sub-freezing temperatures are expected, it can be helpful to leave cabinet doors under sinks open. This allows warm air from the home to flow around the pipes and reduces the chance that they’ll freeze.
- Insulating pipe wraps can be installed on hot and cold water pipes that pass through unheated areas in a crawlspace, basement, or cellar. These wraps keep hot water warm longer and will prevent cold winds from freezing water lines so easily.
- A trick that many people already use is to leave water faucets on a slow trickle when you know temperatures are going to dive to below freezing. This slight flow of water can help prevent ice from forming and if there is a freeze in the pipe, the open faucet allows for a release of pressure which will keep the pipe from bursting.
- If a pipe does freeze, keep the faucet open even though no water is currently flowing. A frozen pipe doesn’t always equal a broken pipe. As the water thaws, it needs an escape route and will flow through the faucet. If the faucet is closed, though, the pipe will break to allow the water to escape.
- Family members should know the location of the home’s main shut-off valve. If a pipe does burst, shutting off the water quickly will prevent major damage.
If you do have a pipe break in your home, please call us immediately so that we can help prevent any additional flood damage. We will help you cleanup flood damage caused by broken pipes, even in the winter.