Protecting Residential Plumbing During Cold Snaps

March 20, 2018

Minnesota has seen record cold temperatures this winter, with some areas reaching . As such, plumbers around the state have been backed-up with homeowners dealing with weather-related plumbing and pipes issues. When weather reaches 20 below zero, pipes that are exposed, or run through unheated areas or along external walls are at high risk for freezing and potentially bursting, causing a messy, costly problem for a homeowner.

In the north, that cold weather can stick around well into May. Homeowners throughout Minnesota should conduct regular maintenance on their plumbing even as the seasons change. This can include draining pipes that supply pools or sprinkler lines in the fall before the first freeze, adding insulation to basements or attics with exposed pipes, or adding products designed to regulate pipe temperatures like sleeves or tapes. 

When a pipe breaks, water can leak and may cause severe damage not only to structural parts of your home like the walls and floors but it can also damage carpet, furniture, and anything else that may be sitting on your floor. This extensive damage may require professional clean-up and repair.

“Those homeowners that experience a burst pipe – whether due to cold or not – should look to a plumber that provides 24-hour emergency services,“ said David Rusciano of ServiceMaster of Minneapolis, “Pipes seem to break at the most inconvenient time; a company like ServiceMaster will clean up the mess and bring the house back to normal, so the owner doesn’t have to deal with the hassle of repairing it themselves.”

Homeowners should check that their insurance policy covers structural damage, as well as personal property coverage. For those that live in apartments, town homes or condominium associations, insurance can help protect against the problems of a broken pipe. 

About ServiceMaster

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