The worst damage your pipes and your home can incur involve freezing weather and flooding issues. However, there are a number of ways winter can bring on these two issues in the house and outside of it. Consider how the winter weather can cause damage, and avoid it before it occurs.
The Kitchen Sink
Many homes have kitchen sinks that share an outside wall. This is done in an effort for people to gaze out their window, but it can quickly lead to frozen pipes. Kitchen sinks typically have cabinets that cover the piping. While the rest of the home is being heated by the heater or fireplace, the area behind the cabinets are not. Should the temperature fall below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, this will cause these pipes to freeze, and they will back up. Leaving cabinets open for a period of time helps to avoid this issue. Also, it’s worth it to note that insulation should be done between the pipes and the wall to separate the pipes from cold temperatures, but do not attempt to insulate pipes from receiving warm temperatures. Use of heat tape is also helpful. Continue reading