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Preventing and Thawing Pipes— tips from the American Red Cross

As we get ready to welcome December, we’re also getting ready to welcome the winter months. Here at Ramey King, we want you to be prepared for any changes in weather, especially since we call Texas our home and the weather can be fickle. When it comes to protecting your home, one of the best preventative measures you can take is by protecting your pipes. We’ve taken some tips from the American Red Cross in hopes it helps you protect your biggest investment.

Water is unique as it expands as it freezes. When water freezes, it can put enormous pressure on whatever is containing it (metal or plastic pipes). No matter the strength of the material, freezing water still has the ability to break it. As an overview, the pipes that freeze most frequently are:

  • Pipes exposed to severe cold; outdoor hose, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines
  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements, attics, and kitchen cabinets
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little to no insulation

Protecting your pipes can save money and headache in the long run. BEFORE a cold snap, the American Red Cross recommends you protect your pipes by the following recommendations:

  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following the manufacturer’s directions. Do not put antifreeze in the lines, as it is environmentally harmful.
  • Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hoses.
  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces.
  • Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Be sure and canvas under your sinks. Both hot and cold water pipes should be insulated.
  • Consider relocating exposed pipes.

Taking the time to implement these preventative measures will only save you time, headache, and money in the long run. Protecting your home is crucial in any season, but especially in the winter. To read more about the American Red Cross’ tips, click here: