Frozen Pipes....no one likes to even think about what we call in the trade "a freeze-up" but it does happen. While the expression, 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure' may sound trivial, truer words were never said.
It appears that Mother Nature has multiple personality disorder as the seasons have been peculiar, and it's been warmer than usual in the late fall, and cooler in the early spring.
December of 2015 has been thus far the warmest December in many decades. Some say it's got to do with El Nino, while others tout Global Warming and Climate Change. Others dispute it all together, But it's happened before, and will likely happen again when weather is extraordinary and unusual for a particular time of year.
Here are some things to keep in mind as we approach freezing weather...
When it does turn cold, it feels even colder than it is because the balmy weather that kept us from donning our heavy winter coats will abandon us at the drop of a hat.....a nice warm winter hat at that!
And, because we often become used to warmer weather we tend to forget it can and wil get cold and reach sub-freezing and sub-zero temperatures!
1. Locate and seal up obvious exterior cracks that could potentially allow bitter cold air into your pipe area.
2. Wrap water lines that run through unheated crawl spaces and drafty area to avoid would could become a disaster.
3. Locate the water line inside your home for each outside hose faucet. Turn off the shutoff valve for these lines from inside, and leave the outside hose faucet open.
4. Be sure to bring any hoses inside lest they freeze and split from the water that remains inside.
5. Confused? Call in a professional plumber to winterize your lines. Have a pool cabana? Your local NJ plumber can take care of that, too.
AND, be sure to contact your sprinkler system company to blow out your lines for the winter as well.
Here are a few other blog posts about preventing frozen pipes that might interest you:
In conclusion, we're here to offer friendly advice to home and business owners. If you live in our NJ service area, contact us for service.
Questions? Let us know.