Water losses caused by frozen pipes

Posted by Matt Buchanan

While we’re used to seeing low temperatures in the northern part of the US, what we’ve seen in the southern part of the US is virtually unprecedented.  While homes and offices in the north are often equipped to handle the colder temperatures, very few properties in the south are prepared for the cold weather.  As such, many aren’t able to function properly when cold weather hits.

uninsulated-pipes-atticParticularly, many homes in the south have uninsulated water pipes in their attic.  This is a recipe for disaster if a string of cold weather occurs.  Because attic space isn’t insulated, whatever the temperature is outside will find its way into your attic.  So if there are freezing temperatures outside, it’s safe to assume those same temps can be found in your attic.  And should it be the case you have plumbing pipes in your attic that aren’t properly insulated, it’s just a matter of time until they freeze up and burst sending water down your ceiling, walls and into your home.

Insulate-plumbing-pipes-atticIf you live in the south and you’ve been fortune enough to escape any water damage in your property but have pipes that are not insulated, count your luck stars and get up there and wrap them with foam insulation.  It won’t take much time at all and the costs are very small.  It is literally one of the cheapest things you can do to help protect your home from a disaster that could end up causing tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage and causing a rather extensive disruption in your life.

And should you be finding yourself in the unfortunate position of having water streaming down your ceilings, light fixtures, and walls…we can help!  Feel free to explore our site to learn more about how we help people cleanup water damage and get their properties dry quickly and affordably!

 

UPDATE 3/11/15 – Pipes Bursting in Baltimore 

While this blog post focused on homes in the south that have uninsulated plumbing pipes in their attic, the past 2 weeks have been a good reminder that it’s homes in the north that are most likely to experience extreme cold temperatures. And as prepared as homeowners may think they are to winter’s harsh extremes, the city of Baltimore got a reminder of nature’s raw power. Tens of thousands of homes and businesses experienced bursted pipes from the cold snap experienced there, flooding basements throughout Baltimore and the entire state.

About Matt Buchanan

I grew up in Irving, TX and left for Nashville, TN for college. After college I lived in Washington, DC and then in Cairo, Egypt. After coming back to the states, I spent a couple of years back in Dallas before moving with my wife to Denver!
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