According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, “winter will be colder and snowier than normal” here in Baltimore. Are you ready? More importantly, is your home ready? Another cold, snowy Maryland winter could wreak havoc on unprepared homes. The seemingly-constant low temperatures can lead to frozen pipes and water damage.
According to Insure.com, water damage is one of the most common causes of homeowners’ insurance claims, especially during the winter months.
Preparing Your Pipes for Winter
As you are probably well-aware, when water freezes it expands. This can greatly increase the temperature within your pipes, causing them to burst and spray water into your home every minute. Just a 1/8-inch crack in a pipe alone can spew up to 250 gallons of water a day. So, as the old saying goes, ‘tis better to be safe than sorry.
Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, such as outdoor faucets, water sprinkler lines, and water supply lines in unconditioned areas of the home (attic, basement, crawl space, etc.). So, it only makes sense that we address these pipes first.
- Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines.
- Drain and store outdoor hoses. Also remember to turn off the water supply to outdoor faucets and open these faucets to allow remaining water to drain. This reduces the chance of freezing in the short span of pipe just inside the house.
- Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. Insulate pipes in unconditioned areas of the home, such as crawl spaces, attics, basements, garages, and under kitchen and bathroom sinks.
- Seal air leaks around exposed pipes and consider insulating these unconditioned areas as well.
- When the weather is particularly cold, open indoor faucets slightly to allow water to trickle out. This will help alleviate any pressure build up.
- Keep the thermostat at a constant temperature day and night.
Emergency Tip: Locate the master shut-off valve in case of emergency. This is usually located where the water line enters your house. In the event that a pipe does freeze and break, knowing the location of this valve could help drastically minimize water damage. Then call ServiceMaster of Baltimore. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
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Hopefully you have found our blog, “Preparing Your Pipes for another Harsh Baltimore Winter,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful tips.