When temperatures plummet, the risk of your pipes freezing and bursting skyrockets. According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause thousands of dollars in water damage - easily $5,000 or more. Winterizing pipes is a process that prepares plumbing for the freezing temperatures that can cause leaks and breaks in the home.
When water freezes, it expands as it becomes ice. This expansion produces pressure within pipes, which causes damage. The pipes most at risk for freezing are those in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, and garages. But even pipes running through cabinets or exterior walls can freeze. There are some simple things you can do to keep your water running and your house dry. Learn more here: Tips for Winterizing Your Plumbing Pipes