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Preventing Frozen Pipes

12/11/2019 (Permalink)

Copper water pipe on a red brick wall with frozen icicles hanging down. Avoid frozen water pipes with these tips.

Freezing cold temperatures are reaching the Chicagoland area early this year.  Your home or business may be at risk for frozen pipes which can cause water damage to your property.

Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house, or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets.  A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage.  A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according to The American Red Cross.

  • Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler lines.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors.
  • Open kitchen cabinets to let warm air circulate near the plumbing.
  • When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets; running water is less likely to freeze.
  • Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.

If your home or business has damage caused by winter weather, please call SERVPRO of Wheaton / Glen Ellyn / Lisle at (630) 384-1040.

Source: Residential Newsline Volume 17, Issue 1

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