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3 Ways to Prevent a Burst Pipe

3 Ways to Prevent a Burst Pipe

When cold weather strikes, the one thing you must be aware of is that your pipes can burst if they freeze. All it takes is one cold Murrieta night to cause major problems and major damage to your home. It is important that you know exactly what to do to prevent a burst pipe in your home. The following are three ways to keep your home from becoming damaged from a burst pipe:

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If your water pipes are located in an area that doesn’t get heat, they are at risk of freezing when the weather becomes cold. Find out where your pipes are and do what you can to get heat to the area. For example, with water pipes under your kitchen or bathroom sink, keep the cupboard doors open to allow the heat to get into that area. If they are located in the garage, keep the garage doors shut and insulate the pipes.

Turn the Water On

Keeping the water on at a trickle will help to prevent frozen pipes, but if you do notice that you are only getting a trickle, turn it on full force. Running the water through a partially frozen pipe will actually help to thaw them out. It can take some time to thaw out the pipes this way, but eventually, they will thaw and it will prevent your pipes from bursting.

Apply Heat Tape to the Pipes

Heat tape is essential for those who live in cold areas where the temperatures get below freezing. This can cause problems with you pipes freezing. Heat tape will be hooked into your electricity and will heat up enough to keep the pipes from freezing in the coldest weather. While your electric bill will go up, you won’t have to worry about your pipes bursting and the tape does not get hot enough to cause a fire. It is very safe to use. However, if you are unsure of how to install, you may wish to call in a professional to assist you.

A burst pipe can easily cause thousands of damage to your Murrieta home. The water itself can cause damage, but if not cleaned up quickly and correctly, you could also be looking at mold and bacteria issues later on. The simplest way to avoid this is to prevent your pipes from bursting in the first place by taking the proper precautions.

Avoid a costly pipe burst with these key tips! Call 24-7 Plumbing & Drain Cleaning at (951) 338-9844 for repairs in your Murrieta, CA home.

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