Some homes have quite a bit of ancillary household plumbing that’s outside, and this is even more vulnerable to freezing. In some cases, freezing in exterior plumbing can affect indoor pipes. Here are some examples.
- Garden hoses left outdoors may still be filled with water from the most recent use. Garden hoses with nozzles or other terminators at one end and connected to open faucets are particularly hazardous to your plumbing, as water pressure created by ice formation in the hose may back into the home’s water supply and damage pipes. Disconnect garden hoses, and drain them during freezing weather.
- If your outdoor faucets have indoor shut-off valves in the basement, crawl space, or elsewhere, turn off the water to the faucet during freezing conditions, and open the outdoor faucet to drain residual water out of the line.
- Check the owner’s manual for your home sprinkler system, and follow the procedures to winter-proof the sprinkler pipes and protect them from freeze damage.
- If you have a sump pump in your basement to prevent flooding, keep an eye on the sump pump outlet pipe, usually somewhere behind the house. Make sure the outlet is not blocked by fallen snow or an iced-over puddle. If the pump should activate when the outlet is blocked, water flow may reverse into the basement.
- Other outdoor water lines that may freeze include pipes leading to a swimming pool, fountain, or garden pond. The general plumbing maintenance rule is to shut off water to these uses at the source, then drain the lines.
If Worst Comes to Worst
If your pipes freeze despite proper plumbing maintenance measures, you need immediate professional help from Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ. Don’t wait for the pipes to thaw so you can verify the damage. Pipe ruptures may occur someplace distant from the actual site of ice formation and may be concealed within inaccessible spaces. Water damage can be extensive before you are able to locate and evaluate the problem. During freeze conditions, be alert to any unexplained decline in water pressure or complete cessation of water at any faucet or other outlets. These are red flags that should not be ignored. Turn off household water at the main supply valve, and contact Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ immediately. Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ are the experts you can trust. We have been serving the NJ area for years with professionalism and expertise. Customer service and care are always our number one priority. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of your HVAC or plumbing needs call toll-free @888-315-5564