Please Check For Frozen Pipes In The Winter-Be Prepared

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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.

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3 thoughts on “Please Check For Frozen Pipes In The Winter-Be Prepared

  • January 20, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    If you have a home owners warranty of some kind, they almost never cover anything to do with freezing, especially if you leave the hose connected to the spigot.

  • January 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Tweeted this, because it’s good info, especially for young adults who may have not been taught these tips by their parents. You did teach me one I didn’t already know, about keeping the cabinet doors open on an outside wall. Thanks.

  • January 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    We were having this problem about 2 weeks ago when it was so cold here in southern utah! Every morning our kitchen sink wouldn’t work and we would have to use a blow dryer to warm the pipes. We tried leaving the cabinets open, unscrewing our hose (which connects right outside of our kitchen sink), bought a heater to put under the sink, etc.) We didn’t try leaving the water dripping though and by the time my dad told us to do that, our pipes were frozen and they stayed frozen for 3 days. The heater that we bought to have under the sink (which was supposed to have an auto-shut off if it gets too warm), melted. We also had a mini-flood when my father-in-law came to try and fix it. I’m just glad that the temps are nice now! Hoping they stay that way, and I’ll continue to follow all of this advice to avoid freezing in the future!


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