January 18th, 2017 3:45 PM by Dan Howard
It was this time of year more than 20 years ago. I saw an amazing site out of the corner of my eye. It was a house for sale in a beautiful rural area. It was a FRIGID COLD day. It was ‘wrap your scarf tight” and tuck it in under your coat collar and wear a hat even though it would give you “hat air” at an important meeting type of COLD.
There was not any snow on the ground ……….BUT,… as I was driving, there was a driveway, a steep driveway on the high side of the road. The driveway had a thick, wide almost glacier like ribbon of ice running down the hill with its frozen shoulders of thick ice edging down and across the main road.
The furnace had failed, and the water pipes had burst. If you are to believe the over $1,000.00 water bill these homeowners later received, tens of thousands of gallons of water had passed through the house and out from under the garage doors.
I pulled over and called the Realtor, whose phone number was displayed on the sign now at the edge of this newly formed Pennsylvania version of a glacier.
There is always a lesson in tragedy. It is less painful when someone else has the tragedy and we are just doing the learning. In the spirit of you learning without suffering the loss, here are the lessons in that tragedy.
No matter what, in cold weather areas, disconnect exterior water hoses before cold weather arrives. Exterior spigots easily freeze when they hold water.
When you are going to be away from the home for an extended time in severe cold weather:
When it is just plain bitter cold, even when you are home:
If you are living in an area with warm weather, ignore the blog and invite a northern friend to come visit a while ….after they winterize their home.