Do you know the only thing worse than dealing with a flooded basement?
Dealing with a flooded basement in February.
We’re not saying that every frozen pipe is doomed to burst and fill your home with water. But we can tell you that water damage from burst pipes is one of the most common homeowner’s insurance claims.
You can avoid that trouble this winter by installing a freezing temperature sensor. But in the meantime, let’s look at what to do when your pipes freeze.
How to thaw a frozen pipe
If you turn on your sink one morning in winter only to find a small trickle of water, chances are you’re dealing with a frozen pipe. Common places for pipes to freeze include the pipes near exterior walls or your home’s foundation.
Keep the faucet open. As you remedy the frozen pipe, water will begin to flow and further help melt the ice inside the pipe.
If you’ve found the section of pipe that’s frozen, you can try to melt the ice inside by applying heat. Use an electric hair dryer, a heating pad, a portable space heater – make sure there’s nothing flammable nearby – or just by wrapping towels soaked in hot water around the pipe.
Do not use open flame devices or:
- Propane heaters
- Kerosene heater
- Charcoal stoves
Keep the heat on until water pressure is restored. If you can’t find the frozen section, thaw out the pipe or aren’t able to access it, you’ll need to call a plumber.
How to prevent frozen pipes
There are some steps you can take to prevent pipes from freezing in the first place, including:
- On extremely cold days, let cold water drip from faucets served by exposed pipes. Even a trickle of water can keep pipes from freezing.
- Keeping kitchen and bathroom sink cabinets open to let warm air circulate around the pipes. Just make sure you’ve kept dangerous cleaners and chemicals away from kids.
- Leave your garage door open if your garage houses water supply lines.
- If you’ll be out of town during winter, keep the heat on at home. Your thermostat should be no lower than 55 degrees.
- Make sure your attic, basement and crawlspaces are insulated, which can help maintain warmer temperatures in these vulnerable spaces.
- Although it’s usually good practice – in terms of savings – to lower your thermostat at night, you may want to keep it at the same temperature setting you use during the day to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.
How a freezing temperature sensor prevents frozen pipes
While all these methods are proven ways of protecting your home, it never hurts to have some extra protection. That’s where a freezing temperature sensor comes in.
A freezing temperature sensor, like their name suggests, can monitor the temperature in especially susceptible parts of your home where pipes are likely to freeze – such as your attic or basement – and warn you when the thermometer dips below a certain level.
These sensors can even alert homeowners when they’re away from home, allowing you to respond before the situation becomes too dire.
Freezing temperature sensors are just one of the environmental sensor services we offer at Holicong Security. We take pride in protecting our customers’ homes from issues like extreme cold, extreme heat or flooding and can alert you the moment something goes wrong.
Contact us today to learn how Holicong can protect your home this winter.