Pop! Pop! Fizz, Fizz. Yikes... that was my pipes!

Real Estate Agent with RE/Max Associates DE#RA-0003085 PA#RS347136

We're coming out of the deep freeze here in Delaware and my local feeds on social media are awash with notices about frozen pipes. My neighbor and friend, Michael, posted something helpful. In case you are facing anything similar in your area, and since winter is far from over, I thought I'd share. Michael is a contractor in northern Delaware, for any of you who might need to avail yourself of his services!


Michael Beans

Many people have had frozen pipes due to the arctic blast. Now as the temperature starts to climb there are a few things to do so you're prepared. Double check around your down spouts to make sure they are clear and all of the water is going to be directed away from your foundation. Take the time to test your sump pump. It may be put to the test in the next few days and it’s better to find out now it needs to be replaced. If you haven’t covered your hose bib, there is still time just in case there is another freeze. #beanshomeimprovementsinc

Great advice, Michael! Thanks!

(I would also add that if any of you have had a lot of snow, in addition to clearing off your walk ways and driveways, you check to make sure that ground-level or snow-covered exhaust pipes (from your dryer, for example) are open to allow carbon monoxide to escape properly from your house.)



Comments (5)

JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

It is that time of year. We usually do not have a problem with frozen pipes around here, but we had a couple weeks that stayed mostly below freezing this year and there were a lot of people caught off guard.

Jan 11, 2018 11:12 AM
Monica Hill

I would imagine it's challenging for southern areas when you face weather with which most are not familiar!

Jan 11, 2018 11:38 AM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good morning Monica Hill 

Thank you for sharing your information 

Have a great day. 

Jan 11, 2018 11:57 AM
Monica Hill

You are most welcome! Sounds like you got a bit of the cold down in Atlanta, too.

Jan 11, 2018 12:18 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

There are many issues that the broken pipes will cause.  Hard to prevent if your power is out for any amount of time in the severe cold

Jan 11, 2018 02:58 PM
Monica Hill

True. Power outages are game changers.

Jan 11, 2018 08:36 PM
Golden1 Agents
San Mateo, CA

Thanks for sharing.

Jan 12, 2018 04:10 AM
Monica Hill

You're welcome. I hope you're safe in your area from the fires and mud slides!

Jan 12, 2018 06:30 AM
Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate - Wilmington, DE
Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS

Monica-I have had clients who "thought" they winterized a vacant house and come to discover once we turned the water on that it was pouring out of the kitchen ceiling. Hire a pro!

Jan 12, 2018 08:42 AM
Monica Hill

Great advice! And there's a reason why the water department wants you in the house when they turn the water on at a property. Have had several where we discovered leaks, quickly - thankfully, once the water was turned on.

Jan 12, 2018 08:51 AM