Protecting Pipes from Freezing

When pipes freeze, they burst. Here are some helpful tips on protecting pipes in both occupied and unoccupied homes:

Occupied and/or Unoccupied Homes

  • Turn off and drain sprinkler systems:
  • Turn off the water to the irrigation system at main valve.
  • Set the automatic irrigation controller to the “rain” setting.
  • Turn on each of the valves to release pressure in the pipes.
  • Drain all of the water out of any irrigation components that might freeze.
  • Call a landscape professional or the person who installed the sprinkler system if unsure how to drain a sprinkler system.
  • Wrap or cover outside faucets and pipes exposed to outside temperatures. Disconnect water hoses.
  • Keep cabinet doors below kitchen & bathroom sinks open to allow warm air from the house to circulate around pipes located under the sinks.
  • Keep the temperature in the home above 68 degrees.

Unoccupied Homes

  • If a home will be unoccupied for the duration of the forecasted freeze, turn off the main water valve and drain the water from household pipes. Main house shut off valve locations vary, but most are located either on the outside of the house near the driveway, kitchen, garage, or laundry room, or inside the house in the laundry room, kitchen, or a bathroom.
  • If a pipe does burst, shut off water at the main valve and contact a plumber for repairs.

This information is provided by Amy Rocka, Realtor with Keller Williams Realty NE located in Kingwood, TX and serving KingwoodHumbleAtascocita as well as surrounding areas. For more information about buying or selling a home, contact Amy today at 713-806-9458 or by email Amy@AmyRocka.com.  Visit Amy’s website today.  You can find Amy Rocka on FacebookTwitter and you can become a Fan.

About AmyCraft

I've made a commitment to serve the real estate needs of my community - one family and one home at a time. My real estate knowledge and expertise are completely dedicated to you. I am a Graduate of Champions School of Real Estate and came into the real estate profession with an education background. Prior to working in real estate I was the owner of a successful daycare center. My career as an educator was very rewarding and taught me many things that I believe I have benefited from in the real estate industry. I have learned such things as negotiating with people while always keeping their best interest in mind, listening to what they are saying, maintaining flexibility and understanding, performing multiple tasks simultaneously and how to be assertive yet remaining calm under the most stressful situations. A real estate deal may be the biggest financial transaction a person will ever make. I try to respond to peoples concerns and fears with as much information as I can provide. Most importantly, I want to make sure my clients are comfortable with a certain price range rather than trying to push the pre-approved amount on them. I'm not a pushy Realtor, but I'm aggressive when it comes to getting my clients what they want. Whether you're looking to buy or sell, I can get your home sold, or find you the home you've been dreaming of. Either way, my goal is to make your experience comfortable, guided, fast, and efficient. After all "Nobody Knows The Area Better Than A Good Neighbor".
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