How to Prevent Frozen Pipe Damage


When it comes to protecting and securing a home, winter is not quite the wonderland it’s chalked up to be. With the change of seasons comes increased hazards for homeowners, and the most concerning of them is frozen pipes.

An average of a quarter-million homes across the US are severely damaged each year because of frozen pipes. Pipes freeze and crack when standing water freezes inside of the pipe, expands and creates pressure. And it doesn’t take much; pipes can start to burst at 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The pressure from the ice results in cracked or damaged pipes and a crack as small as an eighth of an inch can spill up to 250 gallons of water in less than a day.

The scary part of all of this is that it’s easy to become susceptible to frozen pipes. Something as simple as turning down the heat to save money or go on vacation can result in frozen pipes. Pipe integrity is not something that’s on the forefront of every homeowner’s concerns, but it’s important to be vigilant. If a homeowner is away for an extended period of time during the winter, they could come back to a flooded home and a big mess.

However, advancements in home automation technology enable today’s savvy homeowner to monitor the environment of their home. Supreme Security Systems offers environmental monitoring that can be integrated with your overall home alarm system. Not only can this environmental monitoring system protect a homeowner from frozen pipes, it could protect a homeowner from other common environmental home hazards such as water flowing from a broken appliance.

While Supreme’s environmental monitoring system will alert you that the temp in your house has dropped, or that water is flowing there are some steps one should take to prevent pipes from bursting in the first place.

To start, it’s smart to insulate all water pipes from cold moving air. One can do this by wrapping pipes with UL approved heat tape. A homeowner should also make sure to shut off and drain a sprinkler system, blowing compressed air through the system to eliminate the chance that water would freeze, expand and burst pipes. One should also disconnect all hoses from outside faucets, close the inside shut-off valve and drain the faucet fixture before it freezes.

One of the most practical things a homeowner can do is let a faucet drip slowly when leaving the house for the day or going on vacation. This will keep water flowing through your pipes and eliminate the chances of still water freezing and expanding. The average cost of damage from a frozen pipe that bursts is over $5,000 — and pipe insulation can cost as little as 50 cents per line. If a homeowner were to perform a cost-benefit analysis for insulating water pipes, it would undoubtedly result in statistics favoring the insulation.

Adding temperature monitoring to your home alarm security solution is priceless. Environmental monitoring complements your home alarm system by providing you with the flexibility your lifestyle demands. Whether you are away on vacation, or busy at work, Supreme’s environmental systems allow you to monitor the environment of your home.

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