It’s winter time in Florida and because we have near year round sun, the issues that come with frozen pipes don’t usually come to mind for us beach lovers. However, in southern climates, pipes are more likely to be located in unprotected areas outside of building insulation or in attics, making them more susceptible to occasional seasonal freezing. The temperature required to freeze a pipe is debatable, but it is commonly believed that a temperature dipping into the 20s will do the trick.
In Jacksonville, we generally see 16 days of freezing temperatures each year making it likely that homeowners will be at risk for freezing pipes and pipe breaks.
Other causes for pipe breaks:
- Pipe failure due to age
- Misuse or damage
- Accidental damage
What You Should Know About Pipe Breaks
Pipe Sleeves PREVENT BREAKS
Pipe sleeves with extra-thick insulation are useful when freezing temperatures are visiting the South. For a more last minute trick, closing off any areas where cold air might get to the pipes will help prevent freezing pipes and pipe breaks.
Unhinge the Hose
Unhinging the hose from its water spigot can reduce your risk of pipe freezing.
If you’re unsure how to do this or if your pipe is in a hard to reach place or possibly stuck, feel free to contact us.
Know Your Pipes
For more general care of your plumbing, it is important to know what your pipes are made of and when they were installed. Supply pipes under constant pressure of brass, copper, or galvanized steel have an average lifespan of 90 years. Drain lines, typically made of PVC last only 25 to 40 years. Or, if your drain lines are made of cast iron, they could also last around 90 years. Your pipes might be older than these guidelines and running smoothly, it commonly depends on the maintenance of your pipes.
Pipe Breaks Can Lead to Mold Damage
No matter how old they are or what your pipes are made of, it is important to keep an eye on them since mall leaks can just be the beginning of larger issues of erosion.
Untreated mold can lead to mold exposure and numerous health issues including sinus problems, difficulty breathing, cough and headache. Mold can also cause serious structural damage to your home or business.them since small leaks can just be the beginning of larger issues of erosion. Untreated water damage issues due to pipe leaks can also lead to mold damage.
What to do if you have a Broken Pipe
- Turn off the water at the mains:
IF you don’t know where your emergency shut off valve is for your water system, take a moment to locate this. You’ll definitely want to know about it before an issue occurs.
- Switch off the electricity:
Water can cause a lot of havoc to electrical systems. Shutting the breakers off may help minimize the risk if the water is coming in contact with electrical sockets.
- Call MicroTech emergency response number 800-716-4276:
MicroTech can deploy our emergency response team to minimize the water damage and potential mold issues.
What about calling a plumber?
MicroTech will help determine the cause of the water problem and can coordinate efforts with a plumber to ensure the work is properly repaired.
What about insurance?
MicroTech representatives can also guide you through the process of coordinating with insurance companies on the claim for the damage.
If you have any concerns about when your pipes were made or have noticed possible leaks, feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment!