FROZEN PIPES AND WINTERIZATION

In the Pacific Northwest we rarely get the bitter cold of the mid-west, but we do get the occasional power outage and those coupled with cold weater can cause problems.

Frozen pipes not only can mean plumbing bills to repair pipes and fixtures, but unexpected remodeling bills to replace walls, ceilings, and flooring as well. It’s best to be prepared.

For Washington State homeowners, it’s important for owners of vacant houses or condo/duplex/triplex units have properly winterized and secured their unit to prevent winter damage to it and any neighboring units.
Bob Larson Plumbing can winterize any property to make sure that it is protected! But, you might want to take look over Bob’s special Advantage Plan, it’s almost like having plumbing insurance.

During cold winter months and with our freezing temperatures, there is a good chance that unprotected water pipes will freeze. If this happens, you may only have the annoyance of having no water. However, your interrupted water service could turn to disaster when the pipes thaw. Water pipes may have ruptured and as the pipes thaw ice turns back in to water and that water can cause property damage and will require plumbing repairs.

Here are things you and Bob Larson Plumbing can do to reduce the chances of your water lines freeze:

  • Turn off the outside water valve.
  • Disconnect water hoses and drain water from pipes, with an open faucet to make sure no water is flowing.
  • For vacant houses and such, allow a trickle of hot and cold water to drip. The cost of dripping water is small compared to the damage from frozen pipes.
    Beware: Make sure that your running water doesn’t go to a drain that is exposed to extreme cold. That could cause another freezing problem.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors under sinks to allow ambient heat to circulate around un-insulated pipes.
  • Heat unused rooms with plumbing. Sometimes a simple (incandescent) light bulb burning can generate enough heat to save you thousands of dollars in repairs.
  • Insulate pipes in areas where there is no heat (garage, storm porch, or crawl space.
  • Caulk any air leaks around doors and windows to reduce cold air penetration. Spray cans of foam can also be used for larger air leaks around dryer vents, and cable line connections.

If frozen pipes do occur, Bob Larson Plumbing can thaw those pipes. We thaw the pipes safely and repair any pipe damage immediately, which lessens the damage to the walls, ceilings, and floors.

Please, call 253-475-8440 or 360-528-8026 for more information.