6 Tips for avoiding frozen pipes in Utah

Posted by Dan Seaman

Being prepared for the cold Utah weather can help you avoid expensive damage to your home or business in the form of water damage.

As water freezes, it expands. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on your pipes that can cause them to break. By following these 6 steps you can avoid frozen pipes in your home or business.

  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

If you have a water damage due to frozen or boken pipes in Utah you can rely on ServiceMaster Restore by AAA to provide you exceptional service to get your home or business back to normal. 855-788-2225 source: Red Cross

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