Winter is coming, South Carolina. Which as disaster restoration pros (unfortunately!), you already know means a lot of storm and cold weather preparation. And, a danger of frozen pipes. The time to ensure their safety is now—not when the frost hits.
These pipe winterization tips, adapted from the American Red Cross, will help ensure your pipes make it through the winter.
- Inspect exposed pipes once a year. Call a plumber if insulation looks thin or frayed. Newspaper, “heat tape,” etc., can provide some degree of insulation, but consulting a professional is always good idea. Pay close attention if you’ve moved in the past few years, as there may be pipes you’ve missed.
- During cold weather, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to let air circulate around the plumbing. If there are water lines in the garage, keep the door closed.
- If cold is severe, lets faucets drip.
- Keep temperature constant all day.
- If going away, set the temperature no lower than 55 degrees F.
- Drain sprinkler pipes, swimming pools, etc. according to manufacturer specifications only. Never put antifreeze into appliance lines.
- If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe and take quick action:
- Leave the faucet open.
- Apply heat to the exposed pipe using a hair dryer or heating pad.
- Keep applying heat until pressure is restored.
- If the frozen area isn’t accessible or pressure doesn’t come back, call a plumber.
Catastrophe Services is your disaster restoration specialist in Columbia and across South Carolina. We help you get your life back following a disaster—but it’s better to prevent them. Watch this space for more tips on South Carolina home safety.