Freezing weather can cause more damages to a home than you can ever imagine. Damages are significantly increased when the building is unoccupied for an extended period of time. Usually, homeowners winterize their homes before they take a vacation to a warmer climate. The plumbing system is drained and antifreeze is added to the fixtures but in most cases, this is not effective and they return to a home that has been damaged by burst pipes.
If the plumbing system has to be drained, the process must be done thoroughly and completely with the accompaniment of compressed air to blow on the lines. Take note that the piping system has its low points where water can rest and freeze and can cause the pipes to burst. Since most pipes are installed behind walls, the problem may be overlooked to be discovered only when water damage manifests itself on the floors, carpets, walls, and ceilings. It would be too late to escape the damage and the only thing left to be done is to call on the plumber and save whatever things that remain unharmed.
People from the south think that they are safe from frozen pipes that construction does not adequately consider the potential of a freezing temperature wreaking havoc on the plumbing system. They fail to install proper insulation on the home and the pipes are exposed to harsh weather. Most heating systems depend on electric power and when a severe storm destroys power lines, homes have to suffer from the loss of heat. Pipes can freeze before power is restored.
Insurance companies pay for water damages but they also offer emergency advice to mitigate the loss and prevent future damages to the home. When the plumbing system is repaired, it is important to take into consideration the necessary steps to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.
Richards Plumbing Services is always ready to help during plumbing emergencies; however, there are certain unavoidable situations that can prevent the plumber’s immediate arrival. A severe snowstorm can cause flooding in the streets and the plumber might not be able to respond immediately to your predicament. Be proactive with maintenance to avoid costly damages.