By Amy DeYoung
Updated Nov 2, 2022
Dropping outside temperatures can cause your pipes to freeze, thaw, and freeze again, creating a damaging cycle that can lead to pipes bursting.
Burst pipes are a severe hazard to your foundation and home’s structure. A burst pipe can weaken insulation, floors, ceilings, sheetrock, wood, and much more, putting you, as a homeowner, at risk of expensive foundation repairs.
Freezing pipes puts your foundation at risk because it creates a vulnerability within your pipes, which may lead to leaks or bursts. Frozen pipes may also burst and cause massive amounts of water damage.
Pipes are often located under your house in a crawl space, where electrical wiring, wooden support beams, exterior walls, and other crucial parts of your home’s foundation reside.
Here are a few ways that freezing pipes puts your foundation at risk:
Over time, the house’s foundation system may fail through water damage from broken pipes. The foundation problems caused can lead to expensive repairs.
The best way to prevent costly repairs from frozen pipes is to catch the problem early on before expensive issues occur.
Signs of frozen pipes:
Take these crucial steps to keep your pipes from freezing, so you can avoid frozen pipes in the first place:
If you’re concerned that you already have damage to your home’s foundation, schedule a foundation inspection to have it inspected for cracks, rotting wood, or damaged electrical wiring. Your home’s foundation is crucial to its integrity, and an inspection can give you peace of mind.
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