In Bozeman, Montana the first snow of the winter kept many businesses, especially plumbing companies, pretty busy on Monday. The local news station, NBC Montana, went out with Quin Williams, manager of Williams Plumbing and Heating to investigate the damage. Williams claims that the first snow is usually the worst because people just aren’t prepared for what the cold can do to their home’s plumbing. He said that monitoring the pipes is the first step towards keeping them safe and keeping your home warm all winter long.
The dispatch center for Williams Plumbing and Heating saw a steady increase of calls on Monday as the first snow fell. “Their house temps start getting lower and then come tonight we’re going to get quite a few influx of calls,” said Williams according to NBC Montana. William’s has 10 plumbing technicians and all of them were out on calls and booked solid until 7 p.m. because people were not prepared for the rapidly falling temperatures.
Williams said that often people call in complaining of no heat, which usually is related to a furnace filter. If people can’t get heat in their home during low temperatures then their pipes will freeze up. Williams says that if you do have heat but your pipes are in the outside walls then be sure to leave your cabinets open so that the warmth can reach the pipes and keep them from freezing. If a pipe does freeze then you must locate where and warm the pipe as soon as possible so that it does not burst and cause damages to occur in your home.
NBC Montana claims that Williams also recommends doing maintenance checks to your home’s pipes on a yearly basis. Check your boilers and furnace before the cold winter season kicks off. If your pipes do freeze then you can thaw them out by using a space heater on the affected area or use a blow dryer to get controlled heat directly onto the site of the problem as fast as possible. Check the water pressure by turning on the faucet. If the water is running out at a slow trickle then your pipes are still frozen in certain areas and need to be thawed out as soon as possible before they rupture and cause your home to sustain expensive water damages.