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The Dangers of Frozen Pipes in Clarksdale, MS

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

Water spreads across wooden parquet floors Water and hardwood floors don't mix.

Feel that chill in the air?  Your house does, too.  These recent drops in nighttime temperatures are more than just inconvenient -- they could wreak havoc on your home.  When temperatures drop below freezing and stay there for days,  it's natural to wonder if your pipes can handle the cold.  But just one night of cold temperatures isn't enough to make them freeze, right?

About that.

Depending on how low that one-night temp actually drops, it is absolutely possible for your pipes to freeze.  The number to remember is 20.  When the temperatures dip below 20 degrees, pipes often begin to freeze.  This results in a pressure increase in your pipes, which is why frozen pipes often burst. 

Watch your weather forecast.  Here in the South, local meteorologists tend to announce potential weather events like freezes well in advance.  If you know it's coming, it's easier to be prepared.  What else can you do?

  • Start by covering any exposed pipes.  The pipes that are more likely to freeze are in unheated areas like a garage or attic.
  • Let those faucets drip.  It's a great idea to pick one far away from the source of your water so it has to travel through more of the system to get there.
  • Open up those cabinets, especially if they're on an exterior wall.  The heat from your home will fill the cabinet space and help to warm up those pipes.
  • Planning on being away from home?  Don't turn off the heat!  No one wants to come home and open the door to a disaster.

Is it 100% foolproof?  Nothing is, really.  Sometimes things just happen.  That's where we come in.  We're available 24/7 and happy to mitigate any water damage resulting from a frozen pipe that burst.

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SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale - 662-281-1881.

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