Surviving the 2021 Texas Freeze
The Texas Freeze has left many Texans with frozen pipes in their homes. The damage caused by the freezing temperature is not just limited to burst pipes and water damage, but also car accidents from slick roads due to ice buildup. Reports have shown that up to 1 million people were without power or heat after the “big freeze” hit
Unusual Cold Spell
The coldest winter in recent memory caused pipes to burst and homes to flood with water damage. For those fortunate enough to avoid any damage, it was a scare worth remembering for years to come. What most people don’t know is that frozen pipes bursting in homes doesn’t only happen during a prolonged cold spell or severe winter storm. Even mild winters can cause freezing temperatures that lea
d to plumbing emergencies if they are not taken care of quickly:
It’s Not Just Record Cold Spells
When the temperatures start to drop, it is important to take extra precautions for your home in order to avoid water damage and the need for expensive water damage restoration. Frozen pipes are one of the most common causes of water damage, and they can be difficult to notice until you see a flood or leak in your home. Luckily, there are several things that you can do before winter arrives that will help prevent frozen pipes from causing major problems.
- Drain water from outdoor faucets and hoses before winter sets in.
- Find out if your pipes are exposed to freezing temperatures by checking them with a pipe locator or insulation wrap. If- they’re close to being exposed, then make sure that the drain valve is open at all times so there’s no condensation buildup inside the house.
- Install an anti-freeze solution around any plumbing areas such as sinks and toilets, even on indoor fixtures like dishwashers; this can help prevent frozen pipes when it gets below 20 degrees Fahrenheit outside!