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Be Prepared for Freezing Temperatures & Frozen Precipitation

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Although the weather has been warm, we still have a lot of cold weather ahead of us. Eastern North Carolina still has several months where the temperatures will most definitely go below freezing. Water is definitely a necessity, but frozen water can cause severe damage to homes and businesses. Water is unique in that it expands as it freezes, thus causing plastic and metal to break.

Common issues with pipes that are prone to freeze are:

  • Water supply pipes in unheated interior areas such as crawl spaces, basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets.
  • Pipes that run against exterior walls and have little or no insultation
  • Pipes exposed to severe cold, such as outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, and water sprinkler lines.

Several Ways to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Try keeping your thermostat at the same temperature day and night.
  • Consider setting your temperature at 55* if you are going to be away from your home during a cold snap.
  • If you have supply lines in your garage, keep the doors closed.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around your plumbing if they are prone to freeze
  • Let cold water drip from faucets which have exposed pipes.

We hope these tips will help you avoid frozen pipes. However, if you notice damage from frozen temperatures as things begin to thaw out – react quickly and call SERVPRO of Bath. Remember, frozen pipes can quickly cause a lot of damage to your property. If and when this happens, give us a call, we’re here 24/7 and can make it, "Like it never even happened®."

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