Seattle area Winter weather brings occasional snow, but also more frequent freezing temperatures, so we ask: How do you prevent your pipes from freezing during Seattle Winter cold stretches. The bitter Seattle area weather can cause water to freeze and pipes to burst. If pipes freeze, they can burst, causing chaos and widespread damage that requires restoration on your home or business.
Bursting Pipes Can Cause Widespread Damage: Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing
Bursting pipes are one common cause of damage during the winter to homes or business properties. Many businesses & families in the Seattle area experience burst pipes each year. The best way to Prevent Your Pipes from Bursting is to stop them from freezing in the first place. It will take preparation.
Here are Steps to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing
- Know where your shutoffs are.
- Protect water pipes from freezing in exposed or unheated areas (attics, basements and garages) by wrapping them with tape and insulating materials.
- Drain and remove outdoor hoses.
- Caulk around pipes where they enter the house and close all foundation vents to minimize cold wind from blowing into your house.
- If you have a separate shut-off valve for outside faucets, now is the time to shut it off. Then go outside and turn on all faucets to drain the water out of the pipes. If you don’t have a separate shut-off valve, wrap outside faucets or hose bibs (if you choose, foam insulated covers are available for about $3 at hardware stores).
- Shut off and drain in-ground sprinkler systems.
Signs of Frozen Pipes:
- Turning on a faucet and little to no water coming out.
- Strange noises when using water.
- Odors coming from drains.
- Frost or condensation on pipe.
Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing is the best way to avoid a burst pipe in the Seattle Cold Weather & Winter! If your Pipes did burst, and you have water damage or flooding, call us now for a fast response to your water damage restoration service in Seattle.