We’re Not Done with the Cold, Keep an Eye on Your Water Pipes

As winter reluctantly loosens its grip, building managers and township supervisors must remain vigilant against the last cold spells that can wreak havoc on water pipes. Even as the days get longer and warmer, sudden drops in temperature can still pose a threat to your building’s plumbing. Here are some essential steps to safeguard your property: 

  1. Insulation Is Key: Ensure all exposed pipes, especially those in unheated areas like basements and attics, are properly insulated. This helps prevent freezing and potential bursts.
  2. Keep the Heat On: Maintain a consistent and adequate temperature within your building, even during periods of low occupancy. Keeping the heat on, especially in vulnerable areas, can prevent pipes from freezing.
  3. Monitor the Thermostat: Install a smart thermostat or temperature monitoring system to keep track of fluctuations. This can help you adjust heating settings accordingly to prevent freezing.
  4. Drip, Drip, Drip: In extremely cold weather, allow faucets to drip slightly. This can relieve pressure in the pipes and prevent them from freezing.
  5. Seal Cracks and Openings: Inspect your building for any gaps or cracks where cold air can seep in. Use caulking or insulation to seal these areas and prevent cold drafts.
  6. Plan Ahead: Have a contingency plan in place for emergencies, including a procedure for shutting off the water supply in case of a burst pipe.
  7. Consider Technology: Invest in water leak detection systems or smart shut-off valves. These can provide early warnings of leaks and help prevent major water damage.

As we transition from winter to spring, it’s important to remain proactive in protecting your building’s water pipes. By taking these steps, you can avoid costly damage and ensure the continued safety of your property. 

Master Leak Tech is the only Authorized Sewerin Dealer in the 14 States in the Northeastern United States. For more information on protecting your home from water damage, contact Master Leak Tech. 


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