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3 Essential Tips To Prepare For Possible Burst Pipes This Winter

by April Rivera

Are you ready for the winter months? Do you know what to do if you have a pipe burst on you this winter? Even if you live in an area that doesn't freeze often, having your pipes freeze and burst is still a possibility. All it takes is one unexpected dip below freezing. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do right now both to prevent your pipes from bursting in the first place and to deal with them if they do burst. These include: 

Install insulation: If you live in an area that freezes frequently, you may already have had a plumber put insulation on your pipes. If so, now is a good time to have it all checked to make sure that it's in good condition. If you are in a warmer area, you might have thought that insulation was unnecessary. Not only will it protect your pipes in the winter but it'll also help keep your pipes cooler in the summer. Instead of scalding hot tap water in the summer, you could have lukewarm water or even water that is actually cool straight from the faucet. This makes pipe insulation a good investment no matter where you actually live.

Gather cleaning supplies: Even with various precautions as suggested by your plumber, there's always the possibility of a pipe bursting anyway. Without cleanup equipment on hand, you could be stuck with a waterlogged house for hours until the stores open and you can go get the proper supplies. At the very least, you should have a push-broom or a long-handled broom-type squeegee of some type and a stack of old towels. These can also be used for other plumbing issues, such as an overflowing toilet, to contain and mop up the mess while waiting for the plumber to arrive.

Find multiple plumbers: A plumbing company only has so many employees available at one time. As a result, if you don't have multiple plumbers picked out already then you could be disappointed to call and find out everyone is already out on an emergency call. Since different plumbers can handle different things, it's essential to find the right ones now. When time is of the essence, you don't want to be wasting time trying to figure out if a plumber only deals with gas piping or if they can deal with the burst pipe that you have right now.