It's COLD Outside!
Updated: Feb 1
All of a sudden it was 18 degrees in North Texas. Our first indication that the temperature was below freezing was the series of phone calls asking if we were a plumbing company and that they had pipes that were frozen. Of course we are not in the plumbing business but it makes one wonder what we should have learned from the Tundra Experience of Texas last February.
One of the easiest things we can do to prevent frozen pipes is to install heat tape and insulation wrap. Paying special attention to outside pipes, plumbing inside a non-heated garage, even drain pipes that are in the attic. One of the most common causes of attic floods we saw this year came when the temperature was 100 degrees and the the attic installed air conditioners began to sweat gallons of water. The drain pains were fine however the plastic drain pipes had frozen during the freeze and many had enough condensation in them that they cracked. The summer condensation then flowed out onto the ceiling and cause some very expensive repairs.
Take the time to inspect or have a plumber inspect your exposed and outdoor plumbing before the cold temps cause greater damage. An ounce of prevention they say