Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

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There is nothing worse than when your pipes freeze (ok, there are a lot worse things, but you know what I mean). This has happened to me a number of times, and it is never fun. The pipes that are the most susceptible to freezing are the ones that are directly exposed to the severe cold, such as outdoor hoses, swimming pool supply lines or pipes in unheated indoor places like basements, attics, garages or kitchen cabinets. 

Even though your pipes are in great shape, the added pressure that is created when water freezes is enough to cause a tiny crack which can quickly escalate into a full force explosion of water. You do not want to be stuck without a water source in an emergency or survival situation. 

You can drastically reduce your chance of property damage by preparing your water pipes before a hard freeze. The following suggestions can help you accomplish this task. Here are eight helpful hints that you can learn to help mitigate the worst from happening. 

Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes