Burst pipes can cause you a lot of stress by creating a big mess that is difficult to clean. Burst pipe repair is also an expensive be a time-consuming process. Such damages are likely to occur during winter when the outside temperatures cause the pipes to contract. But the pressure inside remains the same. Your pipes could also burst if they become corroded or if you accidentally hit them with a heavy object that causes them to break. Additionally, increased levels of pressure could also overwhelm the pipes resulting in damage. The following preventive measures can help you avoid these situations and subsequently, expensive burst pipe repairs.
Insulate the pipes
One of the best ways of protecting your pipes from freezing is by keeping them warm even when the weather changes. Make sure all the areas that could allow cold air into the house, such as the joints and bends are sealed properly. Check the areas around the vents, electrical wires, or the pipes. However, minimal the opening may be, it can cause extensive damage when it’s too cold. Alternatively, you can use heat tapes to cover the pipes when the season changes. Heat tapes are very effective and can be installed as a DIY project, but you can also call a plumber to handle the installation for you.
Have the right temperatures at home
Keeping the house warm, especially in areas where the pipes are located, could help you save a lot of money and prevent you from dealing with the stress of busted pipes. Your room temperatures should be less than 32 degrees, and that warm air should be used effectively. Most pipes that freeze are usually placed near windows, basements, or outside walls. Directing warm air towards them could help prevent the damage. For sinks that are installed on the outside walls, you can open your cabinets to allow warm air from the room to get through.
Making sure you don’t have any leaks before the cold season can also keep your pipes from bursting. You will be making sure cool air doesn’t find its way into the pipes, and you’ll also be making sure the pipes don’t become corroded. You could also keep your water running constantly but slowly thaw the pipes.
Keeping your pressure regulated
Always check the water pressure to make sure it is at the right level all the time. Attach a pressure gauge to the taps, and you’ll always have a reading. If the pressure increases above 60 psi, call a professional plumber to check it out.
Other than corrosion from external causes, water pipes can also become corroded from the inside. If left unattended, the damage could cause the pipes to burst. Make sure the water doesn’t contain high levels of bacteria by checking the pH levels. You can also call a plumber to help you when you notice a surge in the bacteria.
Other preventive measures to try out include disconnecting hoses from outside pipes, burying pipes underground, and lagging pipes, especially those in sheds or lofts. Remember to call for professional assistance when you need it at The Architecture Designs.