Will Lifted Houses & Frigid Weather = Frozen Pipes in Highlands?


tribar Frigid weather can lead to frozen pipes in the best of circumstances, but when you add in the large number of lifted houses that no longer have solid foundations underneath and the frigid temperatures, Highlands residents could be vulnerable for frozen or burst water pipes.

Pipes most at risk for freezing include:

  • Exposed pipes in unheated areas of the home, like underneath your lifted house.
  • Pipes located in exterior walls.
  • Any plumbing on the exterior of the home.

Some things you can do to prevent frozen pipes:

1.  Insulate all water pipes using either foam pipe insulators or possibly heater tapes wrapped around the pipes.

2.  Locate the main water shut off in case you need it and mark it. Leaks often happen if the pipe is thawing out and you don’t want to find out when you have a leak you don’t know where you main water shut off is.

3.  Run the water in bathrooms/kitchen areas that are on an exterior wall, this is cheaper than repairing it after the fact. You can let the water run no faster than a slow constant drip.

4. If you don’t have frost-proof spigots, close the interior shut-off valve leading to that faucet, open and drain the spigot, and install a faucet insulator.

5.  A heat lamp focused on the drain p-trap will keep it from freezing if it is also protected from moving cold air with a boxed enclosure that you can build yourself.

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  1. My house was originally lifted once at some point (20-30 years ago, maybe?) about 5 feet off the ground with a fully enclosed crawl space.

    Instead of going through the walls, the pipes for the baseboard heat went under the house between rooms. Why, I will never know, but the tenants who were there before me had their dryer venting into the crawl space (a not uncommon thing, by the looks of it). I imagine that’s nowhere near code, right? Since I didn’t have a dryer at the time, we didn’t have warm air going into the crawl space and the pipes froze.

    So it isn’t a new thing, but definitely something everyone needs to be aware of, especially if you have pilings and not a full foundation to break the wind.

    Also, for more info on broken pipes, check this out: http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/blogs/down-the-shore-justin-auciello/item/63559?linktype=hp_blogs

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