WACO, TX - (Marketwired - January 21, 2014) - Mr. Rooter® Plumbing reminds home owners to winterize their home today to protect their homes, pipes and pocket books from the freezing temperatures in store for tonight.
"Frozen pipes can be a costly problem if proper precautions are not taken," states Mary Kennedy Thompson, president of Mr. Rooter Plumbing. "Often times, homeowners find themselves unprepared when winter weather hits, leading to burst pipes and expensive repairs."
Mr. Rooter suggests these precautionary tips to help prevent dealing with expensive damages down the road.
Here are 10 simple tips that will help homeowners keep their pipes from bursting when temperatures plummet:
The first step to safely thawing frozen pipes is turning off water at the main water shut-off valve. Next, open the nearest faucet to allow water to drain as the ice melts. Finally, use the hair dryer to heat the pipes or wrap a hot, wet rag around them. Do not attempt to thaw exposed frozen pipes with an open flame, such as an acetylene torch.
If you're not a do-it-yourselfer or your pipes do burst, be sure to call a qualified plumber.
"We'll be available 24/7 to help those having a plumbing emergency," Thompson said. "This can be a stressful time for homeowners, and we understand the urgency they feel."
Established in 1970, Mr. Rooter is an all-franchised, full-service plumbing and drain cleaning company with approximately 300 franchises worldwide. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its "Franchise 500" and Franchise Times Top 200, Mr. Rooter franchisees provide services to both residential and commercial customers. Mr. Rooter began franchising in 1974 and is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc. For more information or to find the location nearest you, please visit our Web site at MrRooter.com.
Senior Communications Manager
The Dwyer Group