Living in the Phoenix area, you would think we don’t have to worry about freezing pipes, but this is far from the truth. In fact, because we live in such a warm area, we tend not to worry enough about frozen pipes. This is why a hard freeze can sneak up on you and wreak havoc on your plumbing and your budget! Depending on where a pipe break occurs, the damage caused by flooding can be extensive and may even require demolition and reconstruction of certain parts of your home or business.
Here are a few ways to prevent pipes from breaking under freezing temperatures.
1) Cover all exposed exterior pipes and hose bibs with insulating material. Here are a few suggestions:
– Wrap pipes and faucets with commercial foam pipe insulation material available at Lowes or Home Depot.
– Wrap with bath towels (not recommended in freezing rain conditions)
– Cover exposed pipes and plumbing with cardboard boxes
2) Open cabinets where plumbing is in exterior walls to allow warm air to circulate inside the cabinets.
3) Run your heater more than normal, a little saving on energy is not worth the risk of freezing pipes.
4) Be aware of where all of your plumbing pipes are. Many pipe breaks occur in attics where homeowners didn’t even realize they had pipes.
5) Pool equipment is especially exposed. You should cover equipment as you would your plants to prevent freezing. It is also recommended to leave equipment running during freezing night time temperatures.
6) Be aware of the night time temperature for your area. Check a reliable weather source so you know when to take precautions.
We hope this information helps you take the necessary measures to prevent pipe freezing and protect your property. If you experience a broken pipe of any kind, Rainforest Plumbing & Air has 24-7 emergency services available. Just give us a call at 602-253-9376.