Avoid Frozen Pipes this Winter

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As we brace for our first "major" snowstorm here in the Pocono's I can't help but think of the empty homes that have not been "winterized".  A few years ago my neighbor's house was foreclosed on and the bank did not winterize the pipes.  Needless to say, the house hasn't resold and it now sits on a cracked foundation due to frozen pipes that burst and water flooded the basement and then froze.  oy vey

Depending on where you live, frozen pipes resulting in damage to your home and your belongings can be a very real threat. Here are a few tips to help prevent frozen pipes:

  1. Disconnect all outside hoses. This is the most common cause of frozen pipes. One way to reduce this risk is by putting your hoses away in the shed or garage for the winter. That way, if someone connects a hose they will hopefully disconnect it to put it back in its place. Also, if you see a hose out of storage it will be a red flag that someone connected it.

  2. Blow out sprinklers. This will prevent the system from freezing. If you realize you've forgotten to do this or if cold weather comes in early, at least be sure to turn the sprinkler water valve off. That way if it freezes your home won't flood.

  3. If you’re leaving town during the winter, one way to protect your home is to turn the main water valve inside the home off while you’re gone.

  4. Even though this is not a frozen pipe, clogged gutters can fill with ice and cause roof leaks from water damming. Another problem is the gutter can become heavy and rip off, causing other damage.

  5. Occasionally in older homes or in areas with extreme low temperatures it's possible for the pipes inside an exterior wall to freeze. If you know the temps will be extreme you can keep a faucet at the end of this pipe running very slowing to prevent freezing.

Hope these few tips help and you stay warm.  


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Dan Edwards 425-276-7008
Keller Williams Realty - Bellevue - Bellevue, WA

Alexa, this is really  helpful as winter is in the air. I'll definitely use this tips. Thanks!

Nov 25, 2014 10:12 AM #1
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/www.talk-to-Tanya.com - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

Great advice Alexa! Glad I don't have to deal with this anymore. Although I do have to prepare for storms/hurricanes during their seasons. Good luck!

Nov 25, 2014 10:17 AM #2
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Alexa, frozen pipes are so much trouble. Some good hints in the post

Nov 25, 2014 10:22 AM #3
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Alexa Sanchez - this is a time posts and very good tips!

Nov 25, 2014 10:42 AM #4
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Alexa Sanchez  wonderful advise I just listed a condo .it was empty for a year and the agent who was handling it for the seller an investor  who lived out of town never turned on the heat . Lucky for the seller the condo upstairs must have kept it warm enough to prevent the pipes from bursting .  I am handling now . The heat will be turned on in fact I insisted we call a heating inspector to check the heater .

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found this post from Praful Thakkar 

Nov 25, 2014 11:12 AM #5
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Alexa what a valuable post and I have to say I am so glad I do not have these issues to worry about anymore...FYI I used to live in NY,CT & MA a hundred years ago...On a side note loved the picture, Endre

Nov 25, 2014 12:54 PM #6
Alexa Sanchez
Bushkill, PA
Realtor Extraordinaire

Thanks everyone...some of the lessons were learned the hard way as I saw my neighbors house freeze over.  There was literally an ice sculpture on the side of the house all winter long a few years ago.

Nov 26, 2014 01:21 AM #7
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