Colorado is known to have extremely cold winters. It’s freezing temperatures are a major concern for homeowners as well as those who rent or even those who maintain a commercial space. No matter which category you find yourself in, it is always important to understand the potential damages that can occur when a pipe does freeze but especially, how to prevent it.
The Colorado temperature has a tendency to start dropping early into the Fall season. Some might assume that only higher elevated cities would have the coldest temperatures. In our case, the lower elevations along the foothills, Denver, Colorado Springs and everywhere in-between have the same chances of your pipes bursting, if no steps are taken to prevent it. This is why it’s always recommended to start taking precautions as soon as possible, before the temperature drops.
Some of the steps that, you as the homeowner or tenant, can take are draining water sprinkler supply lines and outdoor hoses. Closing the inside valves supplying to outdoor use is also recommended. Any water remaining in the pipe can expand and cause the pipe to break, flooding your home or business.
An easy and low cost method to further prevent a freeze break might be to insulate your interior water supply pipes. Both cold and hot water lines should be taken into consideration especially in unheated areas. Basements, crawl spaces, attics, and garages are often a key contributor to a pipe freeze break due to the naturally lower temperatures that reside there.
Pipe sleeves, heat tape, heat cable, or similar materials are great products to help prevent your basement flooding and further water damage. Always make sure to follow manufacturer instructions when using these products.
There is never a guarantee that your pipes will not burst; however, the chances of the freeze break will be significantly lower if steps are taken before the seasons change and the temperature falls below freezing. If you do find yourself in a bind where your pipes burst and experience water damage to your property, our experienced staff specialize in mitigation, clean up and restoration. Our emergency services will allow you to carry on as if nothing ever happened.
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