One of the most devastating winter plumbing problems is when pipes freeze. In regions where freezing temperatures are common, many homes are equipped with the proper systems in place to prevent frozen pipes. However, in areas that maintain a relatively nice climate all year long, they may be unprepared if the temperatures suddenly drop.
Water inside of your plumbing pipes may be susceptible to freezing if temperatures drop. When water freezes, it expands. This expansion can put pressure on the walls of your pipes, causing them to burst. This can make a huge mess and cause a lot of damage.
The pipes that are the most vulnerable to freezing are in regions that don’t get all that cold. A sudden fluke in the weather could lead to an unexpected freeze. The pipes in a home that are exposed to the elements are the most likely to freeze. This includes outdoor pipes and pipes that are located in attics and crawl spaces.
To prevent frozen pipes, it is important to take the proper precautions. Failure to winterize your plumbing could result in a lot of damage and expensive repairs. To protect your home and your sanity it is important to winterize your plumbing which includes:
Vacant properties can be more susceptible to frozen pipes for several reasons. For starters, nobody is there to maintain the temperature inside of the home, and nobody is there to detect early warning signs. To protect any vacant property you may own or even your own home if you are heading out of town for an extended period of time this winter, you should:
If you are simply going out of town, be sure to set your thermostat to a reasonable temperature. Circulating the air can help prevent frozen pipes. Is your plumbing ready for winter? For help getting your plumbing ready for winter contact Rooter Hero today!