Protect your home from the FREEZE

January 11, 2018
(photo credit to Lance Tomlin, Illinois Realtor)

With the freezing temperatures, it is very important that if you own a vacant home that you take measures to protect your homes pipes from freezing.

When water gets cold enough and freezes, it expands.  Water that wants to expand sitting inside your pipes will expand, and when it has no where to go, it will rip through PVC, copper plumbing lines and even crack the joints in the older steel lines.

Here are a few ideas to protect your vacant home;

  • As with the home you live in, disconnect and drain all garden hoses from outdoor faucets.
  • Simply keeping the heat on in the home to a level well above freezing will help.  But beware, if the power goes out for days at a time, your homes internal temperature may drop and cause further issues in the future.
  • Turn off the water in the house, then drain your pipes of all water by opening the faucets, and flushing your toilet to clear the water from the tank and bowl.  As an additional protection, consider pouring a special non-toxic antifreeze in toilet tanks and bowls to prevent any remaining water om freezing and cracking.  Be sure to turn off the electricity to the water heater once the system has been drained.

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