Texas Residents: How To Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing And What To Do If They Burst
How To Prevent Frozen Pipes in Texas – What To Do If My Frozen Pipes Burst
January 4, 2022
Although it’s been delayed a month or so, the colder winter weather has finally made its way to the Lone Star State and with it, the unbearable prospect of dealing with frozen water pipes. It was just a mere 11 months ago that Texas was hit with a massive winter storm that, among other challenges, left thousands of Texas homeowners and business owners dealing with water damage from frozen pipe bursts.
Here are some tips to help not only prevent your water pipes from bursting but to prepare for what comes next if they do.
How to Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing
1. Open Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinet Drawers
Opening your cabinet drawers where your pipes are located helps circulate the warm air from your home into these areas, helping the temperature of these pipes from dropping, and thus freezing.
2. Keep Your Garage Door Closed As Long As Possible
If you have water supply lines in your garage, always remember to keep your garage door closed during the winter. Remembering to do this will protect these often forgotten pipes from freezing.
3. Let Cold Water Drip From All Faucets
Keeping all faucets open to a small drip will absolutely help prevent your pipes from freezing. This is especially important to do overnight where temperatures tend to plummet.
4. Keep Your Thermostat Heat On
Don’t skimp on keeping the heater on at night to save a few bucks on your electricity bill. In the long run, dealing with the hassle of frozen or burst pipes will prove not worth your savings and you may even end up paying more out of pocket for these repairs (however, we may have a solution to this issue below).
5. Install Insulation In Your Home And Pipes
The best long-term solution to prevent your water pipes from freezing is to have proper insulation installed in your home or business. Also, consider having a professional install water pipe insulation such as “pipe sleeves” to help prevent freezing.
What Should I Do If My Pipes Have Burst?
1. Turn Off The Main Water Supply
Locate your main water supply, and turn it off immediately. Failure to do so will continue new water to circulate through your home and continue to release water into your home.
2. Call A Professional Plumber
Reach out to a reputable plumber to help repair your water pipes and to help prevent any more potential water damage to your home.
3. File Your Homeowners Insurance Claim
If you have a water pipe burst, chances are that the released water has likely caused all sorts of damage to your home that you are unable to see with the untrained eye. Locate your homeowner’s insurance policy and call their claim line to file your claim ASAP so that an adjuster can go to your property and inspect any water damage caused by the burst pipe.
4. Take Photos Of The Pipe Burst and Water Damage
Make sure to take photographs of everything you see related to the pipe burst. Take photos of the pipe itself, where any water has pooled, as well as any stains or signs of obvious water damage. Many of these photos will be especially helpful in helping your homeowner’s insurance claim.
PRO-TIP: Hire A Homeowners Insurance Lawyer To Handle Your Pipe Burst Insurance Claim
It’s no secret, Your insurance company is going to try to short-change you on your property damage claim. In fact, tens of thousands of homeowners insurance claims are unjustly denied or underpaid all across Texas every year. DO NOT LET THAT HAPPEN TO YOU. Instead, hire a lawyer with experience in handling homeowners insurance claims who will go toe-to-toe with your insurance company to help ensure that your property damage claim has the best possible chance to get paid.
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