If the pipes don’t burst, it’s easier to thaw the water and prevent serious damage inside your house
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) January 18, 2013
While winter weather brings the beauty of freshly fallen snow, low temperatures can also cause indoor plumping pipes to freeze if they are also exposed to the cold. Stephen Elliott, owner of structureMEDIC, Atlanta water damage service, offered suggestions to prevent pipes from freezing, as well as how to handle burst pipes, in a recent interview.
Pipes that are located in unprotected areas or in spaces where they are exposed to cold air – such as in attics, crawl spaces, exterior walls – are vulnerable and more likely to freeze. Cold temperatures alone do not cause pipes to burst. When water freezes inside pipes, it creates a blockage that then causes pressure to build up between the frozen water and a closed faucet. Continued freezing and expansion inside the pipe continues to increase the pressure until the pipe bursts.
Stephen Elliott noted during his interview that while letting faucets drip when temperatures fall below freezing can prevent pipes from bursting this trick won’t keep water from freezing inside the pipes. “Water can freeze even if it’s moving in a slow stream,” he said. “Letting faucets drip will relieve any potential accumulation of pressure. If the pipes don’t burst, it’s easier to thaw the water and prevent serious damage inside your house.”
In addition to letting faucets drip when temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, Mr. Elliott also recommends that homeowners consider draining their household water systems, especially if they will be away from home for an extended period of time. “Draining all the water out of your pipes will prevent bursting because there won’t be any water inside the pipes to freeze, expand and cause intense buildups of pressure,” he said. He also reminded homeowners not to lower their thermostat too far. “It might save you a little on gas or heating costs, but if you come home to a flood and lots of damage because pipes burst, it won’t save you at all.”
structureMEDIC is based in Atlanta, Georgia and services Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Kentucky and Missouri. structureMEDIC is also prepared to send disaster teams across the country in the case of national disaster emergencies. The company provides fire damage, smoke damage and water damage repairs as well as sewage cleanup, mold removal and air duct cleaning restoration services. For more information visit structuremedic.com, call Stephen Elliott at 1-800-764-4613 or email stephen(at)structuremedic(dot)com.