When water freezes it expands and if it expands enough, it can cause a pipe to burst. What most people don’t realize, however, is that a pipe doesn’t generally burst in the place where ice forms in the pipe. The ice expansion inside of the pipe causes pressure to increase between the ice blockage and the faucet. Once enough pressure builds, the pipe may burst, which in some cases, can result in a great deal of water damage in the home. To avoid this type of damage, it is best to be proactive and prevent pipes from freezing in the first place.
The following helpful tips can save you trouble, aggravation, and financial burden of frozen pipes:
Jon Jepsen, CIC