Perhaps the most common plumbing inconveniences tied to winter weather are frozen and/or burst pipes. If standing water freezes in a pipe, it will expand as it hardens. The expansion blocks the pipe, giving the moving water nowhere to flow. Eventually, this buildup of water causes pressure that will force a pipe to burst, causing serious damage to your home.
Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by Georgia’s mild climate; pipes can freeze and burst just as easily here as they can in colder northern climates. Anytime the outdoor temperature is slated to go below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, you are at risk of this happening in your home. Luckily, there are some ways in which you can minimize this risk. [Read more…]