Frozen Pipes Are Not Fun Earlier this year, we represented the buyers of a foreclosure home here in Newtown. Foreclosures are generally fraught with "issues". This one wasn't too bad, but there were split pipes in the home and they are always problematic.
Pipes split are due to the pipes in the home freezing which happens when there is no heat in a home. No heat can happen for a few reasons, but during the winter months, no heat is always problematic - especially if the home is vacant.
Why are frozen pipes so problematic? As soon as the temperatures warm up, the pipes will defrost and the water will flow out of the broken pipes - causing damage. Frozen Pipes Are Not Fun.When we have a vacant home listed for sale, we always speak to the owners about protecting the house during the colder months. The best way to do this is to have the pipes winterized. When this is done properly, the likelihood of frozen pipes decreases significantly. Pipe winterization means that the water source has been turned off, the pipes in the home have been drained down and antifreeze is put into the pipes. That's the simple definition.
Good thing for our buyers, is that although the pipes were split, the water source to the home was turned off. There was not damage to the home they purchased. The pipes had to be fixed before the water could be turned on in the home.