Winter Is Coming

Wednesday, December 02, 2015Gregory Lane
It is that time of year again, and I am not just referring to the holiday season. As we start to decorate our houses with strings of lights, ribbons, and blow-up Frozen characters, it is also a good time to knock out your home maintenance to-do list. The first official day of winter is December 21st, however temperatures tend to drop below freezing levels well before the Winter Solstice approaches.

Pipes that freeze most frequently are those exposed to severe cold including, outdoor hoses, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinklers, and water supply pipes in unheated interior spaces. Walk around your property and make a note to cut off these water supply lines. You may even want to consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.

Below is a list of extra precautions to consider before hunkering down for the holidays (as suggested by the Red Cross):

  • 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 that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
    • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
    • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
    • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
    • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.

When water freezes in a pipe, it expands. If it expands enough, the pipe bursts and water escapes, potentially resulting in thousands of dollars in damage. If you should experience any freezing or flooding during the winter months, please do not hesitate to give us a call. In the meantime, while it is still warm out, make sure to take the precautionary measures listed above.

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