Winter Is Upon Us
Temperatures plummeted in the aftermath of Tuesday night’s storm. The air is now well below freezing across the whole state of Utah, creating all kinds of problems. Heavy snow may collapse roofs. Frozen sidewalks may lead to injuries in falls. And there’s always that one neighbor who borrows your snowblower and never returns it (looking at you, Adrian!). These aren’t the only problems, though. You also have to worry about frozen pipes.
Frozen pipes are a common problem in any winter month. They can be difficult to thaw out and, if not fixed quickly, could burst and flood your home. There’s nothing worse than flood damage when it comes to ruining the value of your property, so be sure to protect yourself against frozen pipes. KSL.com has provided a useful article that provides some pretty good tips for keeping your pipes from freezing. In addition to what KSL has to say, we’d like to add some extra tips you might find useful.
- Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer’s or installer’s directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
- Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
- Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
- Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
- Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes. Pipe sleeves, UL-listed heat tape, heat cable, or similar materials can keep exposed water pipes warm. In a pinch, newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes. For pipes not normally subject to freezing temperatures ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection.
- Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
Give Us A Call
With proper care, you can protect your pipes from freezing over, but there’s always the chance something else can go wrong. If your pipes do freeze and burst, it will cause flooding when the pipes thaw out. If you experience flooding as a result of burst pipes, get in touch with us. We are on call 24/7 and promise a 60-minute disaster response time for just such an event. We’ll get your house cleaned and dried before mold has a chance to set in. Afterwards, you won’t be able to tell that any damage ever happened.