The cold season in Connecticut has been extreme this year and there are still days in the forecast ahead where temps will drop into the teens. When this occurs, homeowners are advised to be on the lookout for signs of frozen pipes. Anytime temps dip below 20 degrees Fahrenheit there is the potential that pipes and the water supply in them will freeze. Once this happens the water could swell, crack, or burst the pipes altogether. Left undetected, things such as rot, mold and worse can occur.
Here are 3 ways you can prevent damage from occurring in your home from frozen pipes.
Look for Signs
If you want to be proactive about catching burst pipes, it’s important that when you know temps are dropping low that you are alert and looking for signs. Things like drip noise, water stains on the ceiling, and pressure changes in your water can indicate an issue is present that needs investigating.
Shut off Water
If there is a leak or you know the pipes could freeze, it’s best to turn off all water supply. That means turning the main shut-off valve for your whole home into the off position. If an active leak is occurring you should also turn this valve off and empty water in the existing pipeline from your faucets.
Inspect All Pipes
After a freezing event, or if you think there could be potential damage, you should take the time to inspect your whole home. It’s worth the extra effort to try and locate an issue before it becomes a larger problem. For example, look for any frost, condensation, or bulging areas around the pipes.