On average, an approximate one-quarter-million homes and offices have at least one room damaged by a frozen pipe per year. This statistic has to be higher for second home owners much like my clients here in the North Georgia Mountains. In order to ensure your home stays safe and your pipes don’t freeze, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® suggests three easy-to-remember steps: Foam, dome and drip.
Foam: Insulate pipes exposed to the elements or cold drafts. For as little as $1 per 6’ of insulation, you can stop pipes from freezing and save energy. By keeping your water warmer, you reduce the amount of energy needed to heat water in the cold, winter months.
Dome: Place an insulating dome or other coverings on outdoor faucets and spigots to reduce the likelihood of water pipes freezing, expanding and causing a costly leak.
Drip: Allow a slow drip from your faucets to reduce the buildup of pressure in the pipes. Even if the pipes freeze, the released pressure in the water system will reduce the likelihood of a rupture. If you are going out of town and suspect the temperature will drop, turn off the water and open all of the taps to drain the water system. This way pipes won’t freeze and you won’t return home to a mess.
Again, for all of you who own a Cabin on Lake Blue Ridge, or a Lake House on Nottely, and especially for those Mountain Top Log Cabins in Cherry Log where it can get really cold, make yourself a note and place it on the refrigerator or on the the door to remind yourself to turn your water off! I have had so many past clients forget to do this. Some got lucky…but unfortunately some did not.
Your local home improvement store will have all of the tools and expertise you will need to complete these steps. Foam, dome and drip your way to a safe winter season free of costly home repairs.