Posted On 28 Jan 2020
Frozen Pipe Tips and Tricks
Frozen water pipes in your home can be a serious risk during cold winter weather like we are having in the River Valley. When water freezes in a pipe, it expands and can put pressure at 2,000 pounds per square inch. This is so strong it can rupture almost any pipe filled with water, which provides no place for the ice to expand. A ruptured pipe can be a ticking time bomb, since initially there may be no leak at all since the frozen water may completely block the pipe—until, that is, the ice begins to thaw slightly, at which point you are on the verge of a major flood. There are many instances where homeowners try to escape a cold winter for a few weeks of vacation in a warm climate, only to return to a home that has been devastated by tens of thousands of dollars in damage from water that destroyed walls, ceilings, and floors.
A burst pipe can easily spill several hundred gallons of water per hour, and that equates to enormous damage to your home.
Pipes are most susceptible to freezing when they are located:
Outside your house where you have exterior faucets
An outside wall that shares a wall with the outside
Under your home in a crawl space
Under sinks both in the bathroom and kitchen
Outdoor sheds where you might keep your washer and dryer