January 4, 2018
Beware of bursting pipes in your home. Damages caused by burst pipes will include structural and cosmetic damages as well as damages to to furniture, appliances and personal belongings. Water damage can be considered an unnecessary loss and a hassle. If you are a landlord, a bursting pipe can cause you more than a few belongings.
Pipes burst in the home because of inside pressure from frozen or expanded water. Water expands when it freezes. That expansion causes pressure from inside of the pipe and causes the pipe to burst. Burst pipes are a more frequent occurrence in older pipes. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” as the saying goes. Get insurance! While floods from natural disasters are not covered in home insurance floods caused by failing parts in the house are covered. Haddam and Middletown, CT are areas where cold temperatures are sustained for long periods of time, so be sure that your central heating system is on. In fact, set the heating system so that it runs when the home will be vacant, such as when you will be out of town on vacation. If you have water system components that run through your garage be sure to keep your garage door closed to trap heat. A few other strategies include hiring a reputable plumber to insulate your piping system, draining cold water from the system when leaving for days or more and doing away with any leaks (they can freeze as well). All of these tasks and more are called home winterization.
If you are in a bind due to an emergency burst pipe situation, shut off your water, heating systems, and electricity right away, and contact your plumber to fix the issue immediately so you can get back to your routine with the least interruption possible.
Suspect you may have a burst pipe emergency in the Connecticut (CT) area? Contact Griswold Plumbing, LLC, your emergency plumbing specialists, today at 860-554-5219.