According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, the average cost to repair a burst pipe is $5,000 or more. That cost can skyrocket if the problem isn’t discovered quickly, so it’s important to protect your pipes from winter weather to prevent this unwanted expense.
A drop in temperatures can cause the water in pipes to freeze and expand, potentially causing a crack in your plumbing. Most homeowners know to let faucets drip during the night when the temperature drops below freezing, as this helps relieve the pressure and prevent ruptures. However, another way to prevent frozen pipes is to protect them from the cold weather. Insulating pipes is an inexpensive DIY project that has long-term savings. It can also reduce heat loss and decrease the time it takes for the water to warm, which helps conserve water.
Foam and rubber are the most common material to insulate iron and copper pipes, and one pipe protector only costs a few dollars. When choosing insulation, make sure it is flexible enough to wrap around pipes and resists mold and bacterial growth. You’ll also need acrylic black tape, tie wire or zip ties to hold the insulation in place.
Another helpful way to keep pipes warm is using heating cables such as the Frost King Water Pipe Cable Kit. Wrap these around pipes to automatically regulate temperatures and keep water flowing up to 40 degrees below zero. Consider this option for areas prone to freezing, such as pipes in the basement and exterior walls.
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The latest technology can be used to catch leaks before they turn into problems. Install a water leak detector such as the Honeywell Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector to monitor moisture and temperatures. The smart tool will notify your phone if a problem is identified so you can address it immediately.
If you have to repair a burst pipe, the first thing to do is turn off the water supply. Locate your home’s shutoff valve now, that way you’re prepared in case of an emergency. After shutting off the water supply, clean up as much of the water as possible and dry everything out.
Use a pipe repair kit if you need to fix the problem immediately or to save on the cost of a plumber. The kit has everything you need to quickly and permanently repair up to 12 inches of damaged pipe.
Pipe insulation prevents expensive repairs, maximizes water usage and increases energy efficiency, so be sure to tackle this simple DIY project before an emergency hits.
An important aspect of this potential claim is to have an independent agent that you can call to help you through the claims process. At Foy Insurance we provide the human factor to claims handling – you will always be dealing with a person and not a computer. Visit us today!