Service manager offers tips on avoiding frozen pipes
COLUMBIA- While winter weather is approaching, there a few things experts say homeowners should do in order to prevent in-home incidents due to cold temperatures. According to an Allstate Holiday Home Hazards Poll one of the most common claims made around this time is weather related property damage, namely frozen pipes.
As the holiday season approaches people are checking things off of their to-do lists, experts say home maintenance should be one of them. Freezing pipes are a common occurrences inside of the home. The service manager of Master Tech Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, Ed Franks said homeowners often make the mistake of not turning off exterior water hoses. Franks said when the water is not turned off, water can build up and freeze in the winter, causing the pipes to burst.
Areas with a lot of space underneath the home are a common place for frozen pipes to burst.
"If your home has a crawl space its best if you have vents when it starts to get bitter cold to close up your vents," Franks said.
In order to prevent in home pipes from bursting, Franks recommend home owners make sure their exterior water hoses are completely shut off.