Though the warming of temps is a relief too many, it could also cause problems for homeowners in more ways than one.
When temperatures drop below freezing, water inside pipes can freeze and expand. If the water causes the pipes to expand too much, it can crack the pipe or cause ice to block the pipe effecting water pressure. This can often go unnoticed until the weather warms up and the water thaws, and that’s when it happens - your pipes burst.
We know what you're thinking, so it's not just the frigid cold temperatures we have to fear, but now it is also when it starts to warm up. Oh boy. Don't worry, we are here to help!
Here are some signs to look for that may warn you if you are dealing with a broken pipe:
- Significant water loss
- Low or sporadic water pressure
- Water leaking from places it shouldn't be
- Wall color changing
- Strange noises coming from the pipes
In addition to pipes, the thaw and refreeze can cause a huge safety concern outside. If temperatures warm up, and then drop below freezing again, keep an eye out for patches of ice. Be wary on walkways or steps, and also where water may run off the roof and create a puddle or ice bump. Injuries can also occur from falling snow or ice as it melts and blows or breaks away.
Here some tips to being safe while walking outside after a thaw and refreeze:
- Wear proper footwear, visible treads with a flat bottom
- Be aware and walk consciously
- Walk slowly with solid steps
- Use hand rails whenever possible
- Keep an eye on what's above you