It might seem to be preposterous to suggest that we have a widespread problem here in Albuquerque with frozen pipes, I mean we live in a desert here, right?
While that may be true, it still gets cold every once in a while, and it's not unusual to hear about someone's pipes bursting from the cold. In fact, It happened to a lender friend of mine today.
This friend lives in the Albuquerque east mountain area where it's not unusual to get more rain and snow than we do down here in the city, and it's a little colder too due to the elevation. Freezing pipes can be a problem in vacant homes too.
3 Simple Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Pipes
There are three really simple things you can do to protect your pipes from freezing:
- Keep your heat turned on at 60 or above, even if you're away from home for while
- Remove hoses from your outdoor faucets and install faucet covers
- Open the cabinet doors underneath the sinks in your house to promote airflow
If you're leaving home for an extended time over the winter, you should probably turn your water off at the main shut off valve. That way, even if your pipes burst the damage will be minimized. If you have a pipe on a cold wall that you think is susceptible to freezing, you can buy heat tape and install it in that area. Or, on those especially cold nights, you can leave the water dripping
What to Do If Your Pipes Freeze
If your pipes have frozen but not burst, there are certain steps that you can take to thaw them out safely. If the pipe is metal, you can use a hair dryer to warm up the pipe near the point where it's freezing.
If the pipes are plastic, or any other material besides metal, be very careful, the heat from the hair dryer can actually melt the pipes. If that's the case you should call a plumber.
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by Albuquerque Real Estate Agent Rich Cederberg, eXp Realty (505) 803-5012.