Winter Weather Worries: Frozen Pipes
SERVPRO of Bear Creek would like to keep you aware of the possibilities of freezing conditions in Houston and the possibility of frozen pipes. Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your home, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.
To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take:
- Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pools and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.
- Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air circulate near the plumbing.
- When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip form the faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
- Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.
- Wrap outside faucets.
- Caulk around pipes where they enter the house.
- Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving home for several days.