Outdoor water pipes need protection especially before the first hard freeze — when the temperature drops to 28 degrees or lower for a few hours. The danger point for indoor pipes is estimated at around 20 degrees, but that varies depending on whether the pipes are in less insulated areas or inside exterior walls.
These pointers from the Insurance Institute for Building and Home Safety and other experts can help you protect your pipes from freezing temperatures:
At the first sign of frozen pipes — when water stops coming through the taps — turn off the main water shut-off valve. A plumber can help repair damage and offer advice on further prevention.
Here’s why it’s important to protect pipes against freezing: Water freezing in your pipes will expand and can cause your pipes to crack or burst, potentially flooding your home. Even a small crack can release a damaging amount of water. Fixing burst pipes and cleaning up the water damage can be costly: the average homeowner claim for water damage and freezing runs around $11,000, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
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