Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Being in the south, most homebuilders do not consider the threat of freezing weather. It may get cold in the south but we don't expect extreme winter all the time. Contrary to the North, freezing is a big threat. Southerners experience relatively few severe cold winter so they don't consider freezing a problem thus they don't bother to check the condition or the location of the pipes in their homes. This is the big problem. There is danger of freezing or frozen pipes and bursting water pipes when the temperature drops at 20F. Pipes that are located in an unheated portion of the house becomes vulnerable. With this fact, many pipes in every homes in the south are vulnerable.

There are simple steps that a homeowner can do to prevent their pipes from freezing. Some of the ways are listed below:

  • Seal all openings where cold air can get in.
  • Caulk the cracks and holes in outside walls and foundations near water pipes.
  • Let faucet drips slowly.
  • Protect the pipes in your attic with insulation
  • Exterior pipes should be drained

When do you know that your pipes are frozen? When you open a faucet and no water comes out, chances are your pipes are already frozen. Don't take any chances. Call a plumber immediately. They know more on what to do on situations like this. Remember never attempt to thaw your pipes with flame. Let the plumber solve this problem.

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