When we start seeing trees budding and flowers starting to poke through the ground we usually don’t give much thought to going outside, hooking up a hose and trying to help the growing process with a little extra water.

If the water is working in the house why would there be a problem? If pipes froze you won’t know it until spring and the ice has melted. You still won’t notice until you turn on that particular source, which is usually an outside spigot.


The first time you turn on your outside spigots each spring, be sure to have someone in your basement walking around looking for problems. Any signs of leaking or moisture around the ceiling or outside walls could indicate a frozen pipe that has burst.

Simple precautionary steps are all it really takes to avoid the hazards of frozen pipes leaking all over your basement. The most important thing is to not just turn on outside faucets and then leave for a few hours because you may come home to an indoor water park, of sorts. Only this won’t be safe or fun. Avoid the flooded basement, damage to your walls and your homes structure – be proactive.

Remember, before you turn on any of your outside faucets this spring send a reliable adult to the basement of your house to seek out any potential problems.

If you do notice you have burst pipes and experience leaking, immediately turn off your water at the source and call in professional water restoration specialists.