Avoid frozen water pipes

It’s cold again! This Blog is about protecting your house from freezing and messing up the property and inconveniencing yourself. First of all this pertains primarily to houses with pier and beam floors, or houses with wood floors. The cold air can get under these houses and freeze the water pipes. There are foundation vents under these houses to prevent any gas from accumulating and causing a fire or explosion. The problem comes in that all the water pipes used in the house are located under the wood floor and exposed to the elements. Therefore they are subject to freezing and bursting.

Now for the solution! Always leave the heat on in your house (at least 65 degrees) and leave the cabinet doors open under all the sinks. Leave both the hot and cold water dripping, (about a drop per second). Moving water takes longer to freeze under normal conditions. Let the water drip until the air temperature stays above freezing for at least an hour. Also let the outside faucets drip when the temperature drops below freezing for at least hour. If you cover the outside faucets with a thermal cup you usually don’t have to worry about them. If you have any questions give me a call at 806-548-0694 and I will do my best to help you.

Bob,

Lubbock C & C, LC


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