Quantcast

Homeowners reminded to cover flood vents to protect pipes - Greenville, NC | News | Weather | Sports - WNCT.com

Homeowners reminded to cover flood vents to protect pipes

Posted: Updated:
KINSTON, N.C. -

Homeowners are getting ready for Tuesday's big freeze. A frozen pipe or two can do quite a bit of damage.

Sometimes homeowners forget to cover their flood vents during the winter, which puts them at risk of frozen pipes, said Garry Jones, store manager of the Big Blue store in Kinston.

Fairfield Harbour homeowner Bernie Teubert makes it a habit to cover his flood vent as soon as fall hits, leaving the cover on until April.

"There's no door to close it so I put a plastic tarp on the hurricane vent," said Teubert.

The hurricane vent allows water from strong storms to flow underneath his house, so water pressure doesn't build up and crack his foundation. The tarp that's on the vent keeps cold air from touching nearby pipes that bring water to his kitchen and bathroom.

"It's bad to be without water. We want to protect our pipes," said Ruffin Hill, who bought pipe insulation at the Big Blue store on Monday.

Ahead of Tuesday's freeze, homeowners came out in force at hardware stores across the East, making a busy day for Jones.

"We've been kind of busy today selling pipe insulation, heat tape, faucet covers," said Jones.

He says covering your flood vent, if you have one, is important, but reinforcements like pipe insulation, electric heat tape, and heat lamps, also help.

Dripping your faucet for as little as thirty minutes also helps keeps your pipes from freezing.

"I do not lower the temperature in my house during that period," said Teubert.

A frozen pipe, especially if it bursts, can by very expensive to repair.

Flood vents are also known as foundation vents, water pressure relief vents, and hurricane vents.

  • Most Recent SlideshowsMore>>

  • Son of Beaufort Co. woman found dead in court on murder charge

    Son of Beaufort Co. woman found dead in court on murder charge

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:41:18 GMT
    A Washington man charged with murdering his own mother made his first court appearance Thursday morning.
    A Washington man charged with murdering his own mother made his first court appearance Thursday morning.
  • Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

    Cleanup follows heavy storms in Phoenix area

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 8:03 PM EDT2014-08-21 00:03:38 GMT
    Workers at a farm saw hundreds of cactuses sweep away in a flood. Drivers on Arizona's main north-south freeway watched in shock as muddy waters submerged the road. Rescuers across the state rushed to save...
    Residents began cleaning up Wednesday from devastating flooding that slammed Arizona a day earlier, trapping people in vehicles and homes and destroying up to $2 million worth of inventory at a cactus nursery north of...
  • 36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

    36 dead, 7 missing in Hiroshima landslide

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:57 AM EDT2014-08-20 13:57:04 GMT
    Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris early Wednesday in the outskirts of Hiroshima, killing at least 10 people and leaving 22 missing, the government said.
    Rain-sodden slopes collapsed in torrents of mud, rock and debris Wednesday on the outskirts of Hiroshima city, killing at least 36 people and leaving seven missing, Japanese police said.
Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.