Have you ever woken-up on a chilly winter morning and discovered the pipes in your house were frozen? You turn the knobs on the bathroom sink in frustration, hoping that water will eventually trickle out, but nothing happens. This situation is one that I experienced numerous times as a child, as the pipes in the attic would frequently freeze. While frozen pipes are something many home or business owners never want to experience, it does happen quite often here in New Hampshire (NH), as temperatures often plunge below the freezing mark and cause the water in pipes to freeze. Locations that are most prevalent to frozen pipes are attics, garages and basements, as these areas are often not heated.
Frozen pipes may seem like a temporary issue that will resolve once the temperatures start to climb above freezing and the water in the pipes began to thaw, however, frozen pipes can actually cause additional issues such as:
If the pipes in your home or business do end up freezing in the remainder of the winter season, it is recommended to contact a licensed and insured plumber to investigate the issue further, to avoid costly repairs and damage down the road.
Before winter weather is in full-swing, it is important to understand how to safeguard your home or business from frozen pipes when Old Man Winter decides to dump snow, ice and freezing temperatures on us New Hampshirites. A few helpful tips to follow to help prevent the waterlines and pipes from freezing are:
Visit the American Red Cross website to learn more about preventative measures for frozen pipes.
Soil-Away is a family-owned and operated business that has been serving the communities of New Hampshire for the last 25 years, and are certified mold and water damage cleanup experts. If your home or business experiences flood damage due to bursting pipes this winter season, contact the experts at 603-641-6555.
Written by: K. Gnatowski