I am not a plumber, but I keep hearing about people with frozen water lines/pipes. I used to live in River Heights, Utah where the winters are brutal. Well, brutal for me, as I do not like the cold.
Last week, I went across the street to unscrew my neighbor’s outside water hoses (they are out of town). I unscrewed the first hose and …oh my goodness….a section of ice fell out. Okay, here in Southern Utah the temperature has been in the teens at night. If you compare this to other areas this isn’t cold at all.
Kendra mentioned where she lives the “hot water” kitchen faucet wasn’t working with a full stream one day. She thought maybe the faucet was broken…nope it seems the lines were partially frozen. She left the water on for a few minutes to see if it would “shake” out the ice. Yep, it now works. No broken pipes, thank goodness.
Here are some hints for everyone concerned with the freezing temperatures where you live. Hopefully, these small hints might help you keep your water lines/pipes unfrozen:
1. Remove hoses from the spigot. Ice will freeze and back up into your house. When I lived in Farmington, Utah I helped mop up someone’s house with wet vacuums, towels, etc. They hadn’t disconnected their outside water hoses. Not a pretty sight. They had to replace pipes, carpeting, paint, etc.
2. Keep your heat at 55 degrees if you leave your house for any extended period of time. A lower temperature may save on your heating bill, but there could be a disaster if a cold spell strikes and they burst…just saying….
3. If you are concerned with the extreme temperatures where you live leave your cupboard doors open when you go to bed or during the day on any outside wall with water lines-faucets-showers-washing machines. Anything with water lines on your outside walls.
4. Turn your faucets on a slow drip because the water becomes like a soda can with too much pressure and then explodes when frozen. Be sure and run both hot and cold water together because both lines are susceptible to freezing.
5. Many people who live in more temperate states, particularly the Southern States, aren’t used to dealing with cold spells. They don’t know what to do to be prepared. Study what needs to be done in your area during particular times of the year, just in case.
6. When in doubt call a plumber.
Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected, meeting your neighbors, so you can work together when a disaster hits your city.