Winter is now upon us in Texas, and we are all bundling up with warm clothes and winter jackets while we crank up the heat in our homes. While it may not come to mind quickly, one area of our homes that also depends on not freezing is our pipes.
Wondering why you should care so much about how to avoid frozen pipes this winter? As temperatures around the area dip into the 20’s and teens at night, our pipes become very susceptible to freezing. Frozen pipes not only clog water flow during, but they can also cause cracks and cause your pipes to burst. There’s nothing worse than going away for a brief vacation only to return to a flooded house!
Of course, if your pipes are frozen and then burst, you have the expense associated with the pipes as well as the flooding to deal with! And even a few inches of standing water in your home can lead to huge amounts of damage. Now you’re not only calling the plumber but the restoration company as well.
There are many very easy steps homeowners can take to protect their pipes from freezing. This might not be a big concern if you’re around all winter, but what if you plan to go out of town for the holidays or a short vacation? Here are a few of our best do-it-yourself tips to avoid frozen pipes this winter if you will be away from home for a few days:
One of the best tips we can offer, especially if you will be away for a few days this winter, is to simply shut off your water main valve and drain the waterlines in your home by opening the faucets in your home. No matter what happens to your pipes while you are away, shutting off your main water valve will be the biggest factor in preventing serious water damage inside or around your home, and also prevent a massive water bill. Even if you will only be gone one night, it’s a good idea to shut off your water main to avoid frozen pipes this winter.
If you come home from your holiday trip, turn on your water main valve, and you notice that water is just barely trickling out of your faucets, this is a good sign that you have water frozen in your pipes somewhere. Try not to panic, though. Just leave your faucet turned on to allow the water to move through the pipe; this should allow the pipe to thaw shortly.
If you come across a major leak in your home, or suspect a more serious problem, shut off your water main valve. Then give us a call at Staggs Plumbing, where we can help you clean up the leak and get water flowing correctly again.