We are just starting to catch our breath from all of the calls for frozen pipes that we had last week as a result of "The Polar Vortex". Our plumbers were running all over the greater Cincinnati area fixing frozen water lines and frozen drain lines. Since we were overwhelmed with calls our main focus as plumbers was to limit property damage and get water back on to help out our customers as quickly as possible. Now that we are caught up it is time to give you some plumbing pointers to help you prevent the freeze up from happening again!
If you were one of our many customers who experienced a frozen line our plumbers probably talked with you about ways to prevent this, but if you are not one of our customers, and you just found our web site surfing the net below are a few tips that will save you time and money in the future.
- Insulate pipes, especially those near outside walls, in attics or crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is most common.
- Seal air leaks surrounding or near pipes. Insulate outside walls near pipes to prevent drafts.
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines or waste lines in the garage.
- Disconnect all outdoor hoses and turn off water to exterior faucets and sprinkler systems. Drain the lines if you can.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
- Keep heat at 55 degrees F. or higher even when you are out of town.
- During a cold spell turn on both hot and cold faucets near outside walls to allow a small trickle of water to run.
- Know where your shutoff valves are so that you are ready to stop the flow of water as quickly as possible when a pipe bursts.
If you had problems over the last few days and you want one of our licensed plumbers to come out to look at where you had a freeze up, to check out the work of someone else to make sure it is done right, or even to winterize your home if you are going out of town give us a call at 513-793-BEST and schedule an appointment before the weather gets nasty again!