Cold Arctic Winds Can Surprise Homeowners in Georgia-Causing Thousands of $$$ in Damage

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Real Estate Sales Representative with Keller Williams Realty, Augusta Partners 302749 GAR Broker

The winter wind found its way to Augusta Martinez Evans Grovetown GA.   It appears, though, that the tropical breezes have pushed old man winter right back to his place up north!

 cold weather pipe damage martinez gaBursted Copper Pipe Frozen Martinez GA

Georgians just are not prepared for this kind of cold.  When exterior pipes are subjected to temperatures well below 20f we can expect to see damage like this. 

The little split in this piping looks benign enough but it sprayed thousands of gallons of water onto the studs, insulation and electrical components of this exterior wall causing a thousand dollars worth of damage! 

This could have been avoided had the pipes been properly insulated (or at all) to begin with.  The Truth of the matter, however, is that unless we disassemble our homes to look for things like lacking insulation, we will never know that a potential flood lurks behind that siding!  

What can we do?  Well, when a cold spell like the one we experienced in the beginning of 2010 hits, keep a close eye on your home.   Keep outside faucets and any tubs or sinks that have plumbing on an outside wall, dripping a small stream.  And, of course, keep your heat on!   When it is very cold, walk around your basement or outside crawl space and look for unusual ice build up or water leaks.  Call for help immediately if you notice anything suspicious.

As for TODAY in Martinez it was a balmy 70f !!  It would seem that, for now, tropical winds have pushed the arctic winds back where they belong.... but who knows about the weeks to come.  SO, keep an eye on those pipes!

 

 

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Barb & Sal Dragotta
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Maria...I truly hope that photo is NOT from your house.  Believe it or not, up here in the North, well at least here in Michigan, some, too, need to be reminded of these same items. Those who do not have basements, or only have crawl spaces need to take care of these simple steps.  We should be better prepared up here, but some do not do the simple steps during the warmer weather.  We cover our outside water outlets with thermal covers that velcro on /off during the winter. Wonder if that might not be a purchase for you in the south for the future. "Better to have and not need, than....." 
As to the arctic winds, well personally I would rather they not come around too often.  We are planning a 2011 move to Florida--central around Orlando or Vero Beach or Sebastian.
Prosperous 2010 to you.
Barb & Sal                                               This guy is NOT welcome too many places. LOL

Jan 20, 2010 07:37 PM #1
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Maria Vaill
Keller Williams Realty, Augusta Partners - Martinez, GA
Martinez GA, Evans GA, Grovetown GA, Fort Gordon G

Thankfully, Barb & Sal,  I can tell you that this is NOT my house

But, unfortunately, it is my Client's house!   He had quite the ice and water display in his backyard!

Do NOT forget your insulated faucet covers when you move to FLORIDA... They needed them these past few weeks too!

Sunset Birds winter Grovetown Martinez Augusta Evans GA

Jan 20, 2010 07:51 PM #2
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Barb & Sal Dragotta
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Maria..already on our list of "what to bring--what to donate or leave here". Sorry about your client/
Love the picture of the birds; they look like the Black-with Blue head-birds we get here in spring and again in late summer [their babies are all Brown] they eat everything put out for ALL our bird friends.
Keep warm. prosperous 2010
Barb & Sal

Jan 21, 2010 01:26 PM #3
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