Prepare Your Plumbing Systems for the Mid-Atlantics’ Winter Freeze
So there you are. Pipe wrench in one hand, flashlight in the other hand, and 2″ of standing water soaking into your brand new shoes. You’ve just had a frozen pipe burst in your home! Chances are, it may be due to lack of a proper winterization of your plumbing system.
Did you know that damage from water is the second most common homeowners insurance claim?
Every spring we see homes with damaged plumbing, floors and ceilings due to lack of, or improper winterization. But don’t worry, Seaside has you covered! See our list below of simple items you can do yourself to help protect your home.
- Unhook outside hoses from the spigot. Leaving hoses connected can cause water to freeze back into the piping of your home (this is one of the most common causes of frozen pipes!)
- Have water piping in any exposed areas insulated.
- Have any outdoor plumbing items (including outside showers) turned off and drained down. Depending on your piping layout, this may not prohibit a frozen pipe.. but it will prohibit a flood!
- ALWAYS turn your water off at the main if you are leaving for any extended period of time.
If the home is vacant during the winter months, contact a licensed plumber to have it winterized. Turning off the water main and leaving the heat on is unfortunately not enough! We pump non-toxic antifreeze through your entire water piping system to ensure you are protected.
In addition to repairing frozen pipes, Seaside Plumbing Inc. offers winterization agreements for all types/sizes of homes. Additionally, if you have any concerns about your plumbing system we can come out and do a thorough evaluation to identify any potential problems.