Winter Horror!

Phone calls at 5:15 a.m. usually don’t mean anything good. When this water technician’s secretary answered, it was that kind of call. A customer was out of town and got a phone call from the police. They told him they were out on patrol and found frozen water at the end of his driveway. And that is odd because…….. Well, It was odd because it hadn’t been raining or snowing – but it was cold – very cold. Our plumber met him at his home after he got back into town and what they found was a nightmare.

A pipe in the garage had frozen and then burst. If water was at the end of his driveway you can imagine how long the water been running – running long enough to do a great deal of damage to his home.

In this bitter, cold weather it is important that your pipes, especially those on an exterior wall, be kept warm. We suggest keeping cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate into the cabinet. To help even further put a fan on the floor outside the cabinet to blow warm air into the cabinet. We do not suggest putting the fan or a space heater directly into the cabinet; nor do we recommend using a torch of any kind in an effort to thaw out frozen pipes. The use of either a heater or a torch is a fire hazard. A hair dryer can be used as long as it is not too hot and does not come in contact with anything flammable.

As soon as possible, we suggest putting insulation on the pipes and/or adding insulation within the wall cavity. If there are pipes that have been routed into an unheated attic or ceiling it may be worth your while to have those lines re-routed through a warmer area.

Dealing with this kind of winter horror – bursting pipes and the water damage they can cause – is not worth it to anyone except perhaps your insurance company and the contractor(s) hired to make the repairs.

Do some preventive maintenance and keep those pipes warm and cozy. When all else fails, give Aaron Kramer Plumbing a call.  (937-8989-0008) A little ‘heat’ applied by a professional might just be what those contrary pipes need.