Why Winter Leaks Are So Damaging

Why Winter Leaks Are So Damaging

Regardless of the time of year, leaks are always a cause for concern for Colorado Springs homeowners. Undiscovered leaks in your plumbing can cause large amounts of water damage, which is extremely expensive to repair. Additionally, if the leaks occur in areas of the building that house electrical wiring and appliances, you could have a dangerous fire hazard on your hands, risking the safety of yourself and your family. In the winter, leaks are far more likely to happen due to the low temperatures. If the water left in your pipes freezes, this can cause the pipes to burst.

Frozen Pipes vs Natural Wear and Tear

Depending on the materials used in your plumbing and how old your system is, it’s possible that over time the pipes may start to leak in minor amounts. This can quickly result in large amounts of damage, but if caught early on, the issue can be repaired in a prompt manner. When the water in your pipes freezes, it expands rapidly, forcing the pipes to burst open, leaving a massive fissure in your plumbing system. As heat enters the newly formed hole, warming the ice inside, you have the potential for huge amounts of water damage all at once. The repair expenses will also be much greater.

Prevent a Disaster by Preparing Your Pipes

Unheated areas of the house, such as basements or garages, present you with the highest risk of your pipes freezing. However, depending on the weather in your area and the way heat is distributed within the building, it’s possible for interior pipes to freeze as well. That’s why regardless of where your pipes are located, it’s best to take measures to protect them from the cold. Pipe insulation can be an extremely simple, cost effective way to prevent winter leaks.

For all of your plumbing related needs, contact the professionals at Hardcastle Home Services at 719-294-1704. We can prepare your plumbing for the winter on your schedule, ensuring that you can celebrate the holidays in peace.