Take action now to prevent frozen pipes to protect your home or business in San Diego County from pipes bursts and ruptures this winter. The average low temperature in the winter is around 26 degrees Farenheit, far enough below freezing to take action to ensure the safety of your residential and commercial properties. If water freezes inside the pipe then it can cause pressure to build and push against the pipe. The freezing water in the winter expands to the point it can explode similar to a coke put in the freezer.
So what can you do to protect your home or business?
Keep the following in mind as you prepare for the upcoming winter months:
Pipes that are exposed to weather changes such as outside faucets and pipes leading to the inside as well are susceptible to those changes. These pipes should have water run through them consistently in order to prevent freezing. Let the water drip a few times daily in order to keep water from sitting and freezing within the pipe.
One simple solution for protecting those pipes outside is using insulation. Home Depot, Lowes, and other hardware stores carry covers and insulation for external piping.
While it may seem like the inside of your home or business is protected, warm air from inside can help protect the pipes as they lead out as well. As the air passes over the pipes, it can keep the water that flows warm to prevent frozen pipes.
Keep external opening sealed. By ensuring that your windows and doors are sealed with weather stripping and caulk you can better protect your home and save on your electric bill!
Don't forget to save your sprinkler system. Leaving water sitting in it during the winter nights can be costly, and then waking up to a pool outside isn't fun either. To avoid those frustrating sprinkler problems, simply drain the sprinkler system and disconnect the hoses and water spigots on the colder days.
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
The best way to prevent frozen pipes in the winter is to slow or stop the transfer of warm water to freezing or sub-freezing air. Keep water pipes from coming into contact with the cold air by sealing them off from the outside and keeping them in warm insulated places. Older homes may not have the same protection that homes have today so you may want to contact us to check for pipe exposure and to insulate your home. The warning temperature threshold is 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but may still occur anytime it is sub-freezing.
There's two ways to go about taking care of your home plumbing during the winter. Calling a professional or DIY.
Do you want to make this a Do-It-Yourself Project?
There are several options to protect your pipes from freezing during the winter months. Foam rubber and fiberglass sleeves are available at most hardware stores, as well as electric heating tapes and cables. Take a look at what they can do for your plumbing system.
Pipe insulation - Costs anywhere from $1.28 / 6 feet to $180.00. Depending on what you need there's many options available at hardware stores.
Electric heating tapes and cables - These can be used to run along pipes to keep the water from freezing. They can be hazardous and cause fires if they aren't used properly. Look for the heating tapes and cables with built in thermostats to be safe, and call us or an electrician to install them.
Don't have the time or want a professional touch?
We can bring and install any type of pipe insulation for you. Our professional plumbing technicians are well versed in protecting homes and businesses from the weather. We offer comprehensive diagnostics and checkups for your plumbing system. Consistent checks to your plumbing system help guard against a lot more than just freezing pipes. Keep track of your plumbing with a simple call to Coastal Rooter at (760) 893-9152.
If you Suspect a Frozen Water Pipe:
Don't waste time or take any chances. Call us immediately. Turn off the water main, leave the faucets open, and we'll show up quickly to assess and repair the pipe. Keep in mind that the best way to prevent frozen pipes is to drain them completely of water.
No water = No freezing.
Keep you home safe!
Prevent Frozen Pipes - Even in San Diego
Although while living near the coast in sunny San Diego, the winter nights can become especially cold. This cold weather can damage your pipes and cause ruptures and bursts that can be very costly. By following these simple steps above you can help prevent frozen pipes from ruining your winter. Remember the following:
Let your water faucets run a little twice daily or more to help prevent frozen pipes.
Keep your pipes warm where you can by keeping cabinet door open where there's piping.
Keep your residential or commercial property sealed near doors and windows to prevent the cold from seeping inside.
Insulate external pipes.
Clear your sprinkler system by letting it drain, then disconnect your hoses and your water spigots.
For more help give Coastal Rooter a call at (760) 893-9152!
Hi, this is really informative thanks. Some houses here are quite old and occasionally have water pipes exposed or not insulted well. In the event that my water pipes did freeze this winter and I was unable to get anyone out due to the weather, is there anything I can do about them myself until I can get somebody out or would I just have to not use the water tap until it defrosted?
Yes, there are options, although it could be very time consuming or if it's a deep enough issue, not possible to melt the frozen water. You can try using a hair dryer or portable heater on the affected pipe if you're able to get close enough. The best method is prevention. Run water slowly through the pipes here and there to help them stay above freezing.
Hey Edgar. Thanks for the informative post. I live in Ohio and our winter's can definitely cause problems with frozen pipes. I will definitely drain my lines to the hoses and see about investing in some insulation as well. I look forward to reading more of your helpful do it yourself tips. Thanks for the tips. Keep up the good work!