Cleveland can get pretty cold this time of year, and those freezing temperatures aren’t going to change anytime soon. Pipes bursting from being frozen can be a serious problem, damaging your home and costing some serious money in repairs. Do you know how you can safeguard your home against this major issue? Identifying pipes at risk for freezing and what steps will help prevent those pipes from freezing is knowledge that every Cleveland homeowner should have.
The plumbing experts here at Pompeii’s have some tips you can use today to help you find pipes that might freeze or become an issue during a cold snap, and how to prevent the pipe from becoming damaged before the freezing temperatures come in.
Step 1: Know Your Home
Learning where your pipes start, run, and connect to your appliances and fixtures is crucial to understanding which pipes need the most attention. Get down into your basement and discover where each pipe runs throughout your home, and what they are connected to. Where they run might not always be so clear: some pipes can be hidden behind walls or be difficult to access. Find equipment like your water heater or boiler as a start if you’re having any trouble accounting for hard to find pipes. If this becomes a challenge, call the experts at Pompeii’s to stop by and give you a hand.Knowing where pipes are and what they are for will help address almost all home plumbing issues you encounter.
Step 2: Find The Cold
If you have any cracks or exposed areas in your basement, you’ll want to head that way next. Cracks and other exposed areas within your home or basement increases the risk for a pipes freezing when they are exposed to the outdoors or unconditioned air. Keep an eye out for these areas in particular as they will need to be addressed before the temperatures drops below freezing again.
Step 3: Watch The Weather
Understanding when coldest weather will happen is a major step in applying the preventative maintenance tips provided here. Cleveland can be unpredictable in the winter, and knowing the temperatures are going to be below freezing is incredibly important. Don’t forget, it gets the coldest at night!
Don’t the risk the safety of your home and family to chance this winter. Later this week we’ll write about what do with these at risk pipes, but if you can’t wait until then, give us a call. Our highly experienced and qualified staff specializes in customer service. We offer personal service at the highest level. All service technicians are fully qualified and trained to repair your problems. All service trucks are fully stocked and radio dispatched for rapid response. Our large fleet of service vehicles offers you reliable, same day and 24 hour emergency call service in the Greater Cleveland area. Call Pompeii’s today.