Join Our Mailing List!
Latest News:
South Hills Neighborhood Home to Only Public ... -- "By Christen M. Stroh There are many movie theatres in the South Hills, but ..." -- 17 May 2019
Letters to the Editor, May 2019 -- "The following Letters to the Editor were received for May." -- 02 May 2019
West Mifflin VFW Post Awards Four At Air Force ... -- "Community Support Credited For 15 Years Of Solid Success By Michael P. Mauer ..." -- 02 May 2019
Connecting the Whiskey Rebellion Past for the ... -- "Find the hidden treasures of the Whiskey Rebellion as you explore the major ..." -- 02 May 2019
Knights of Columbus to Sponsor Blood Drive in ... -- "The Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a blood drive on Wednesday, June 5 ..." -- 02 May 2019
South Park Historical Society Welcomes Author and ... -- "Will Present WWII Veterans at Library Fire Hall Join the South Park ..." -- 02 May 2019
Attorney Suzanne Ruschak Running For The Office ... -- "Attorney and Charleroi resident, Suzanne Ruschak is running for the office of ..." -- 02 May 2019
Peters Township Recreation Center Upcoming ... -- "The Peters Township Recreation Center, located at 700 Meredith Drive, Venetia, ..." -- 02 May 2019
Mon River Arts to Hold Children’s Summer Camps -- "Mon River Arts, located in the Grand Theatre at 206 Plum Street in Elizabeth ..." -- 02 May 2019
Memorial Day Services in Finleyville Announced -- "The American Legion Post 613 and The Mon Valley Honor Guard will hold Memorial ..." -- 02 May 2019

Home & Garden

During winter, many people plan vacations to warmer climates so they can enjoy a relaxing respite from the snow and ice. While travelers are enjoying the sand and surf, their homes may be in danger from extreme weather conditions.

Plumbing 2
Plumbing

According to the State Farm Insurance Company, frozen water pipes affect a quarter-million families each winter. Both copper and plastic pipes can freeze. State Farm notes that a single 1/8-inch crack in a pipe can result in up to 250 gallons of water leakage per day. Flood water can contribute to serious structural damage, mold and a host of other problems.

Water expands as it freezes, so pipes can be put under strain if the pressure from expanding water has nowhere to go, offers the American Red Cross. Pipes that tend to freeze most frequently include those exposed to severe cold, such as outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool lines and water sprinkler systems. However, even pipes inside a home, such as those in unheated areas or those that run against exterior walls, can freeze.  To avoid returning from a relaxing winter escape to find a home in need of repair thanks to frozen pipes, homeowners can take these steps.

  • Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces to help maintain higher temperatures within the areas where some water pipes may run.
  • Pipes themselves can be insulated with special coverings or sleeves. Homeowners also can explore heat tape or wrap pipes in heat cables controlled by their thermostats.
  • Disconnect outdoor hoses, and drain water from pipes leading to outdoor faucets. Turn off the indoor valve to shut off the water supply to the outdoors, but leave the outdoor bib in the ‘open’ position to allow water to drip and relieve pressure should some freezing occur.
  • The same technique can be applied indoors. A trickle of hot and cold water can keep pipes from freezing during extremely cold snaps of weather.
  • Set the thermostat to a consistent temperature, ensuring that the temperature indoors will not drop dramatically overnight. The temperature should be no less than 55 F.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach under sinks and appliances.
  • Check around the house for drafty areas that can contribute to colder temperatures in garages, basements and crawl spaces. Consider relocating pipes that are exposed to the elements to provide increased protection.
  • Ask a neighbor to periodically check on the house to ensure that pipes are in good working order.

 

Homeowners who know where the main water shut-off valve in their homes is located and who act quickly can prevent serious damage should a pipe burst. In such instances, leaks can be contained and extinguished as quickly as possible.

RealEstate270x64

Bug Muggers

Pizza Station

PaVendors-web-ad

Trinity 275

Slagle 275

Mon Valley Hospital

  • Prev
  • Featured Advertisers
Scroll to top