Whether you're a homeowner, business owner, landlord, or contractor, frozen pipes can be a concern—and the consequences can be costly. In addition to cleanup and repair costs, you or your tenants may have to move from the premises, there could be possible moisture or mold concerns, and business operations could be interrupted.
And the shocking reality is that even buildings outside traditional cold climate zones can be susceptible to freezing pipes. Because many buildings in warmer climates are not designed for extended periods of freezing temperatures, a cold snap can cause extensive damage. In fact, just last year, there was a freeze across the South that resulted in many claims.
The most vulnerable side of a building for pipes to freeze is the windward side. For many of us, that is the north or northwest side. Other areas of concern include:
When a water line is restricted from warm ambient air and exposed to freezing temperatures, it can rupture. The time it takes for a pipe to freeze depends on the size of the pipe and how low the temperature goes. It could happen in as little as a few hours. Here are six tips to keep in mind as we enter this winter season.
Whether it’s a wet fire sprinkler system or a domestic water supply line, the common theme is when they are exposed to freezing temperatures, pipes can rupture. Evaluate your pipe freeze risk, consultant with qualified contractors, and make necessary upgrades soon.