Winterizing Your Home

If you’re heading south for the winter, there are several key things you can do to help protect your vacant home. Taking these steps can help protect your home from theft, water damage, heating or electrical system malfunctions and other possible threats while you are away for an extended period of time.   1. Make Your Home Appear […]

Sprinkler System Leaks

A fire sprinkler system is an active fire protection measure, consisting of a water supply system, providing adequate pressure and flowrate to a water distribution piping system, onto which fire sprinklers are connected. By a wide margin, wet pipe sprinkler systems are installed more often than all other types of fire sprinkler systems. They also are […]

Why Do Pipes Burst?

When the temperature drops below the freezing point, pipes are susceptible to bursting.  Pressure inside the pipes is what causes it to burst.  When water freezes, its molecules crystalize into an open hexagonal form, which takes up more space than when the molecules are in their liquid form — that is, the water molecules expand […]

Thawing Frozen Pipes

We wrote a blog on preventing frozen pipes, but what if it is too late?  Here’s a few tips on what to do if you have frozen pipes. If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where […]

Preventing Frozen PIpes

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the “strength” of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like […]

What Causes Frozen Pipes?

The water inside pipes can freeze when outdoor temperatures drop below freezing. As freezing water expands, it causes the pressure inside the pipes to increase, possibly leading to bursting pipes. Preventing Frozen Pipes Insulate pipes, especially those close to outside walls, attics or crawl spaces where the chance of freezing is greatest Seal air leaks […]