Preventing Freezing Pipes During Maryland Winters

The last thing you want to happen during winter is freezing pipes or burst pipes. But with freezing rain, snow, and cold winds these things are bound to happen if you aren’t careful. To prepare, there are unique things you can do before and during the winter season. See below for how to prevent freezing pipes during Maryland winters.

Before Winter

During the summer and fall months, insulate your pipes to help prevent them from freezing over. Foam rubber or fiberglass insulation sleeves/wrapping will help tremendously. A restoration company can come in to do the work for you. Inspect your outside walls, especially near pipes, and seal any cracks and holes that might let cold air in. This will make it easier for heating and insulation to do their jobs. The best time to fix a damaged pipe is before the winter season. Cracks that go unnoticed could cause leaks if water freezes in the pipes.

During A Cold Spell

Once winter has come, open cabinet doors beneath any sinks to let more heat in where the pipes are. You can also run electric heating tapes or cables around the pipes themselves. Always let your faucets drip in extremely cold weather. If there is more than one knob on the sink you’ll want to drip both. If any water does freeze in the pipes you’ll want it to go somewhere once they thaw. Plus, a steady flow of water could prevent the pipes from ever freezing in the first place.

If You Go Out of Town

To protect your home while you’re away, keep your heat running. You may be tempted to turn the heat off while you’re not using it, but it’s important to keep your pipes from freezing or even bursting while you are away. If you’ll be gone for an extended period of time, you can drain your water system so that there is no water to freeze. If you have someone you trust, ask them to keep an eye on your house in case of emergencies.

Prevention is just the first step when it comes to pipe damage. If at the end of the day you have frozen pipes or burst pipes, call a restoration company quickly to repair the damage. Restoration companies have the right tools to fix your pipes and repair any water damage that affects your house. Call MD Water Restoration today for a free estimate at (240) 370-5582.

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