One of the biggest concerns of homeowners when the temperatures drop below freezing is frozen pipes. Temperatures in Mishawaka, IN can drop below freezing, and it’s good to know what to do when it happens. At Kevin Dennis Insurance Agency, we know all too well the damage that can happen if you don’t protect your home from freezing temperatures.
Frozen Pipes and Other Issues
If you have exposed pipes, such as those that could be found in a garage or attic, wrap them with pipe insulation to prevent freezing. If you’re in a pinch and don’t have materials or time to wrap your pipes, a quick temporary fix is to aim a heat lamp on the exposed pipe. Always keep a close eye on this, however, as you don’t want it to get too hot and start a fire.
Another common tip when temperatures drop low is to leave your faucets running at a slow drip. This is especially important in garages and basements where it may be cooler. Doing so keeps the water moving, so it is less likely to freeze. Another great tip for the pipes inside your home is to leave any cabinets or closets that contain pipes open, so the heat from your home reaches the pipes.
If you are going away, make sure you follow all of the above tips and also be sure to keep your heat on. If you turn your heat off completely, you just might come home to broken pipes and a flooded home.
In the unfortunate event you do have a pipe burst, shut off the main water valve to your house as soon as you realize the pipe has burst. If you recognize that a pipe is frozen, but it has not yet exploded, you might be in luck! Use a heat lamp or hair dryer to thaw out the pipe, but again, keep a close eye and never leave these items unattended.
Another area of the home that can suffer from freezing temperatures is your gutters. Make sure they are cleaned out so the water can flow freely; otherwise, it’s likely to freeze and clog or even burst your gutters.
Kevin Dennis Insurance Agency wants to make sure all homes in Mishawaka, IN and surrounding areas stay safe and dry this winter. If you need help insuring and keeping your home safe, please give us a call today!