Doing so could mitigate the water damage that often acc […]
Doing so could mitigate the water damage that often accompanies burst pipes. When the pipes warm – and the ice thaws – the water will seep through the cracks in the pipe.
"Turn off that main valve," . "Drain all the faucets inside the home and everything. That way it drains down the whole house. That's what I would recommend."
"The water is in the line already," . "As it freezes, the ice expands. What happens is it expands so much that it cracks the copper lines."
When calling a plumber, homeowners should remember that at this time of year most plumbers already have a lengthy list of customers with similar problems. Insurance companies get backed up with claims too, because most will not pay for repairs without first sending an adjuster to inspect the damage.
As a result, geting the pipes fixed can take some time, potentially leaving a portion of a person's house unusable.
That's why stresses being proactive and taking preventative steps so homeowners can save themselves headaches and a whole lot of money.
One of the surest signs of a frozen pipe occurs when a person flips on the faucet but water does not come out.
In that unfortunate scenario, the homeowner should turn off the main water valve, typically located on a wall in the basement.