The holiday season brings a lot of joy and happiness. However, it also brings a lot of cold weather and the risk for frozen pipes. Frozen pipes mean not only having no water to use, but it can also spell major damage to the pipes and/or your property.
Pipes that tend to freeze (first, at least) are ones that are directly exposed to the cold (outside spigots, outdoor supply lines, and sprinkler lines), and pipes that have low/no insulation (pipes in basements, crawlspaces, attic, or against exterior wall). Keep in mind that in extreme weather, any pipe in the house could freeze. If you have your property managed professionally, reach out to your Atlanta Property Management company for more information.
The best way to prevent your pipes from freezing is to be proactive. First, check the weather often during the winter and know when temperatures will drop below freezing. Equipped with this information, you want to do the following:
- Make sure the heat is set to a comfortable temperature.
- Turn off water to outside pipes and drain water from those pipes and spigots.
- Open cabinets’ doors to let the hot air in the house circulate near the pipes.
- Let a couple of faucets slowly drip water. That will help keep the water moving in the pipes.
- If the property is vacant, turn off the main water valve and drain the pipes in the house. Make sure to follow other steps as well.
By being prepared and proactive, and by following the instructions of your Atlanta Property Management company, you could get through the cold season without suffering any leaks or frozen pipes. You can find more information, tips and tricks on how to prevent pipes from freezing and what to do after pipes have already frozen here.
We wish you all warm and happy holidays!