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How Frozen Pipes Happen and What You Can Do to Prevent It

Frozen pipes can be a colossal pain. It most often happens during wintertime in areas where the temperature dips below freezing for several days or months at a time. Areas in the Midwest and Northeast, in particular, have to take certain precautions because the winter months can be long and brutal. But if it gets cold enough, your pipes have the potential to freeze anywhere in the U.S.

Freezing Water

When it gets very cold, tremendous pressure is put on the pipes causing the water inside to expand. Once this happens, the pipe will crack and often burst. If a pipe bursts, your cabin could sustain serious water damage and even worse -- problems with mold and mildew growth. This potential headache can set you back several thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, many cabin owners take frozen pipes for granted until it happens.

Lack of Insulation

The very best thing a person can do to avoid frozen pipes is by taking on preventative measures. Always check your plumbing before the cold months set in. Nobody knows your cabin better than you. But if you have to call in a professional to take a look, it's worth it. A plumber will likely find things you overlook and fix them before the trouble starts. Insulation is a very important step in preventing pipe freezing. There are a lot of old cabins out there that lack proper insulation. Whether your cabin is old or fairly new, take the time to check your water pipes. If they are not insulated, they should be as soon as possible. The proper sleeve-type pipe insulation will do the trick.

A Chilly Interior

Keeping the inside of your cabin warm can also prevent pipes from freezing. Take the time to inspect areas of your cabin for cracks and holes. Caulking cracks and holes will keep the warm air contained which boosts insulation. But one of the oldest methods used to prevent pipe freezing: allow a stream of water to trickle through the pipe. The friction from the trickle is just enough to keep pipes open and free of blockages. This one tiny preventative measure is something many cabin owners forget. They go out of town then return to a big mess.

Winter will be here soon. This is the perfect time to winterize your cabin before you get hit by that bitter cold snap. It's better to pay a small cost now than being out of thousands of bucks later.

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