During the winter, many families take vacations to get a break from the cold, and while they are away, many shut down the heating system until they return home. Though their intention may be to save some money on the next heating bill, these families usually end up with a much more costly problem on their hands. The problem is that the weather in Chicago and the surrounding areas is very unpredictable. The weather man may promise you mild winter weather, but all of that can change within a matter of hours. If you are away from the home and the weather drops below freezing, you may end up with a burst pipe or two on your hands when you return. Luckily Four Seasons is here to lend a hand both before and after a pipe freezes in your home.
Preventing a Frozen Pipe:
- Call Four Seasons: Here at Four Seasons, we have experts who can help you locate the “at risk” pipes in your home. These are usually located in areas that are unconditioned or under conditioned like the basement, attic, garage, under cabinets, radiators and in poorly insulated walls. Our handyman will help you protect these pipes from freezing by insulating the at risk areas of the home.
- Never Shut the Furnace Down: Keep the furnace running even when you are away from the home! You can turn it back to 60 degrees and still save money on your energy bills when you return. Setting the thermostat too low can also allow pipes to freeze, so never leave the furnace set below 55 degrees while you are away during the winter.
- Let the Water Flow: If you have experienced frozen or burst pipes in your home before, you may want to let a slow trickle of water run through the pipes to prevent freezing. Although this method does waste water, it is necessary in homes where pipe freezing has caused problems in the past.
- Open Cabinets: Piping for sinks located inside cabinets along exterior walls of the home are especially prone to pipe freezing. Simply open the cabinet doors to allow heat from the home to access the piping and freezing should not become a problem.
Frozen or Burst Piping
If you already have a frozen or burst pipe in your home, limiting the damage is the main goal. If you attempt to turn on a faucet and water does not flow normally or at all, you may have a partial or completely frozen pipe. The first step is to turn off the main water supply to the home. If you do not know where this is located, call Four Seasons immediately. The goal is to shut off the supply before the ice melts. If the ice melts and there is a crack in the pipe, the pipe will burst and spew gallons of water all over the home.
By turning off the water supply, you will limit the amount of water damage if the pipe does burst. Four Seasons can help you thaw the pipe and contain the damage caused by it. If the pipe has already burst, you will need our help to repair the damage. Four Seasons has got your back when you need us most, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, so keep our number handy for life’s unexpected emergencies.