Life in Newtown, CT: Frozen Pipes Are Not Fun

Frozen Pipes Are Not Fun

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.  

Split Pipes

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.

Bob and Richelle Ward, Realtors, Newtown, CT

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Comment balloon 2 commentsThe Ward Team • November 18 2015 04:38PM


Thankfully there was no damage in this case.  An investor friend of mine had pipes burst in 10 homes over the course of a weekend one time, with water damage to all --- no fun indeed!

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 3 years ago

Minor fixes if you can get at them easlily, but can cause a lot of damage if you don't find them right away

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 3 years ago