NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– The Recovery Construction company is busy fixing homes with pipe breaks.
Matt Czaplicki, project manager for Recovery Construction said, “One small block of ice in one faucet can cause damage to four stories of your house. When it’s zero degrees out, that cold air especially when it’s windy really is trying to get inside. You have a lot more energy transfer going on between the heat in your house and the cold outside.”
Bursting pipes can lead to a huge amount of damage.
Czaplicki said, “All new copper piping to ripping out dry wall, ceilings, molding, anything attached to your dry wall, especially hardwood floors.”
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He told News 8 to keep it warm in the house, let the water drip from faucets and open cabinet doors beneath sinks to allow warm air to reach the pipes.
“If you have a freeze up and no water is coming out, keep your faucets open because that lets air pressure escape, ” added Czaplicki.
Electrician with Inner City Electrical Ryan Leduc recommends using insulation over the pipes.
Leduc added, “You could use electrical heat tape and have that installed by an electrician and it can prevent the cold areas from getting frozen on you.”
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He said it’s an inexpensive way to keep your pipes from freezing.
Leduc added, “The insulation that covers it can be very useful because it keeps the heat that it’s making inside and it keeps the water at a temperature where it will not freeze.”