In Frozen Pipes

Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport, TN

In East Tennessee, we’ve already experienced a substantial amount of snow this season. While the winter weather may bring joy to some, it can become a nightmare if you find yourself dealing with a burst pipe. Spotless Carpet Cleaners, a water restoration company in Kingsport, is keen to provide six tips for safeguarding your pipes this winter. Dealing with a flood in your home is certainly not an experience anyone desires!

  1. Drip Faucets: When temperatures drop to 32 degrees or below, ensure that faucets, at least one on each level of your home, are left dripping. This continuous flow helps prevent freezing. Typically, this precaution is crucial at night, but maintain dripping faucets during the day if temperatures stay below freezing.
  2. Open Cabinet Doors: Open all cabinet doors where pipes are located, such as those under your kitchen sink and in each bathroom. This allows warm indoor air to reach the pipes, offering an extra layer of protection against freezing.
  3. Pipe Insulation: Wrap pipes outside and any exposed ones in areas like the crawlspace or garage with pipe insulation or wrap. These materials are readily available at most hardware stores and are a cost-effective measure compared to potential damage.
  4. Seal Gaps: Seal any cracks or gaps along the foundation, windows, or doors to prevent cold air from reaching and freezing your pipes. Regularly check these areas in fall and spring to address any wear and tear on the seals.
  5. Drain Pipes Before Travel: If you plan to be away during winter, drain your pipes before your trip to avoid leaving faucets dripping. Shut off the main valve, open all faucets to drain the pipes, and flush toilets. Remember to turn the main water valve back on upon your return.
  6. Heated Tape or Wire Wrap: For pipes requiring extra protection, consider using heated tape or wire wrap. These devices can be plugged in and activate as needed when temperatures drop, providing an additional layer of defense against freezing.

Water Cleanup Services in the Tri-Cities

If you experience a home flood due to a burst pipe this winter, contact the professionals at Spotless Carpet Cleaners at (423) 926-9251. We offer 24/7 emergency services to residential and commercial clients in Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport.