Wicked Winter Weather Can Cause Plumbing Pipes To Freeze & Possibly Burst, Causing Flooding & Costly Water Damage To Your Home. Taking Preventive Measures Before Winter Sets In Can Reduce & Eliminate The Risk Of Frozen Pipes & Other Cold-Weather Threats.

“Some Pipes Are More Prone To Freezing Than Others Because Of Their Location In The Home.

Pipes Most At Risk For Freezing Include:

  • Exposed Pipes In Unheated Areas Of The Home.
  • Pipes Located In Exterior Walls.
  • Any Plumbing On The Exterior Of The Home.

Preventative Measures for Outside

A Frozen Garden Hose Can Cause More Damage Than A Busted Hose; It Can Actually Burst An Interior Pipe. When The Water In The Hose Freezes, It Expands, Increasing Pressure Throughout The Whole Plumbing System. As Part Of Your Regular Seasonal Maintenance, Garden Hoses Should Be Disconnected, Drained & Stored Before The First Hard Freeze.

If You Don’t Have Frost-Proof Spigots, Close The Interior Shut-Off Valve Leading To That Faucet, Open & Drain The Spigot, & Install A Faucet Insulator. 

Exposed Interior Plumbing

Exposed Pipes In The Basement Are Rarely In Danger Of Freezing Because They Are In A Heated Portion Of The Home. But Plumbing Pipes In An Unheated Area, Such As An Attic, Crawl Space & Garage Are At Risk Of Freezing.

Under-Insulated Walls

If Pipes Traveling In Exterior Walls Have Frozen In The Past (Tell-Tale Signs Include Water Damage, Mold & Moisture Build-Up), It’s Probably Because Of Inadequate Or Improperly Installed Insulation. It Might Well Be Worth Costs To Open Up The Wall & Beef Up The Insulation.

“When Nothing Else Works, Say For A Northern Wall In A Really Cold Climate, The Last Resort Is To Reroute A Pipe,” Notes Abrams. Depending On How Far The Pipe Needs To Be Moved & How Much Damage Is Caused In The Process – This Preventative Measure Costs.

Heading South For The Winter?

For Folks Leaving Their Houses For An Extended Period Of Time In Winter, Additional Preventative Measures Must Be Taken To Adequately Protect The Home From Frozen Pipes.

  • Make Sure The Furnace Is Set No Lower Than 55 Degrees.
  • Shut Off The Main Water Supply & Drain The System By Opening All Faucets & Flushing The Toilets.