Recently, a tenant was attempting to thaw frozen pipes underneath a home in Illinois and accidentally set the crawl space on fire.
The Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District received the call at 7:30PM, and the reported temperature was approximately 4 degrees. Smoke was already billowing out of the home when they arrived.
"The tenant had been thawing pipes underneath the house in the crawl space and it burned up the plumbing wall into the attic; the fire was inside the walls," Fire Chief Paul Maplethorpe said.
According to the Lake County Sun Times, the fire department receives a few fires during the winter season that are caused by people reportedly attempting to thaw pipes. No one was injured; however, the home is now inhabitable.
Frozen Pipe Prevention
Here are a few steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes!
- Wrap problem pipes with electrical heat tape. Electrical heat tape is controlled with a thermostat, and when temperatures dip to freezing, it automatically warms vulnerable pipes.
- If you plan to leave for an extended period of time over the winter, pipes can be drained to avoid damage caused by freezing temperatures.
- Contact a licensed plumber to drain the plumbing system throughout your home.
If you return from holiday vacation to a leak or flood, call 877-800-2382 day or night to fix water damage.
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