Frozen Pipes in the Winter
Though it is rare for Southern California to get that cold, frozen pipes do happen! Your body isn’t the only thing that you should be bundling up during the winter, and frozen pipes are more than an inconvenience. Because they affect your home’s water supply, as the water may have difficulty running through the pipes. Frozen pipes can cause property damage, too. When temperatures are cold enough, the water inside the pipes will freeze into ice. When water turns into ice, it expands in size. If the water expands enough, then it places pressure on the pipes. Enough pressure will then cause the pipe to burst, not only damaging the pipe but also spreading water throughout your home and causing water damage. If you suspect your pipes to be frozen you’ll need to wrap it with an electric heating pad or towel and keep the faucet on so you know when it has thawed. Knowing the signs or frozen pipes can save you during the winter.