DisBlasFeb20When the temperatures drop, frozen and broken pipes often follow.  This can be particularly problematic for plumbing that is in exterior walls or that runs through unheated areas of your home.  Should a water pipe freeze and break, it can cause significant water damage and even mold growth.

But there are some things you can do to prevent frozen pipes in the first place!

Short term solutions

Since it’s already winter, you’re likely looking for a quick or temporary solution to prevent your pipes from freezing.  Here are a few:

  • If the plumbing is exposed, such as in a basement, wrapping your pipes with pipe insulation or heat tape can make a significant difference.  Keep in mind, however, that this may not be possible for sections of pipe that run through walls or ceilings.
  • Turning the heat up inside can prevent pipes from getting cold enough to freeze, particularly if they are exposed.  For plumbing under sinks or in cabinets, opening the cabinet doors can allow more warm air to reach the plumbing as well.
  • As running water is much less likely to freeze, running faucets at a trickle will very often prevent the connected pipes and plumbing from freezing, too.  While this is very much a short-term solution, it can prevent frozen pipes in a pinch.

Long term solutions

Once winter is over, you may wish to look into a more permanent fix so you don’t have to worry about your pipes freezing next year.  Here are some projects that can help:

  • Consider moving pipes that are in especially susceptible areas, such as exterior walls (particularly corners), unheated crawlspaces or garages, and poorly insulated areas.
  • Better insulate areas near and around plumbing and install pipe insulation. The better insulated your water pipes, the less likely they are to get cold enough to freeze.
  • Upgrade your water supply pipes to PEX. PEX has been around for a while, but many homeowners don’t yet know about it. These flexible polyethylene tubes can stretch and flex, reducing the likelihood of a burst pipe in the event they do freeze.

Hopefully your pipes don’t freeze this winter, but with the extreme cold and polar vortexes that our area has seen the last few years, this has become a common problem.  Should you experience a broken pipe, make sure to contact a qualified and experienced water mitigation firm, such as Disaster Blaster for your mitigation and drying needs.

About Disaster Blaster

Disaster Blaster is an indoor environmental firm serving the Northeastern PA Area.  We have been providing our local area with unparalleled water damage mitigation, mold remediation, asbestos abatement, radon mitigation, basement waterproofing, and fire / smoke restoration services for decades, and are proud to have been named The World’s Greatest Indoor Environmental Firm.  For more about Disaster Blaster, as well as more helpful tips, please visit our website at: or call our office at (570) 963-1123.


ice-tendo20The 16th anniversary Clarks Summit Festival of Ice “ICEtendo” will take place Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 14-16 throughout Clarks Summit and the Abingtons! The festival will feature live ice carving demonstrations on Friday & Saturday, with an ice carving competition on Sunday featuring professional ice carvers. There will be over 50 ice sculptures on display and live music and entertainment all weekend long, with free admission & parking. On Friday evening, we will also have our annual parade & Family Fun Faire as well as complimentary trolley rides throughout the festival. On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy carriage rides with the family. For more information and a complete list of events & activities please visit our website at or Facebook


HeartHealthFeb20If you worry that you or someone you love will get heart disease or even have a heart attack, it’s understandable.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Research shows you can lower your risk, particularly if you team up with family, friends or co-workers. This kind of social support may be the key to your success.

To mark American Heart Month, NHLBI, one of the National Institutes of Health, is inviting people across the country to team up and join #OurHearts, a national heart health initiative that encourages people to improve heart health together.

“Studies show that having positive, close relationships and feeling connected to others benefits overall health, blood pressure, weight and more,” said NHLBI’s Dr. David Goff, director of cardiovascular sciences.

Consider these five tips that can help lower your risk of heart disease:

Risk #1: Inactivity

Solution: Move more throughout your day. Aim for at least 150 minutes each week of physical activity. Build up to activity that gets your heart beating faster and leaves you a little breathless. If you’re busy, try breaking your daily activity into 10-minute chunks.

Stay motivated: Make walking dates. Join a pickup soccer or basketball game. Join a fitness class with your neighbor. Grab a loved one and dance in your kitchen.

Risk #2: An unhealthy diet

Solution: Consider an option like NHLBI’s Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan, which is free and scientifically proven to lower high blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels.

Stay motivated: Invite friends to cook up heart healthy recipes together. Start a lunch club at work and trade recipe ideas.

Risk#3: Smoking,

even occasionally

Solution: Quitting can be beneficial to your overall health, even if you’ve smoked for years. Set a quit date and let those close to you know. If you’ve tried quitting in the past, consider what helped and what made it harder.

Stay motivated: Ask your family and friends for support or join a support group. Find resources and connect with a trained counselor at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or

Risk #4: Inadequate or poor quality sleep

Solution: Sleeping 7-8 hours each night helps improve heart health. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. Getting a 30-minute daily dose of sunlight may also improve sleep.

Stay motivated: Resist that late afternoon nap. Turn off all screens at a set time nightly. Relax by listening to music, reading or taking a bath.

Risk#5: Uncontrolled stress

Solution: To help manage stress, try relaxation therapy and increase physical activity. Talk to a qualified mental health provider or someone you trust. De-stressing may also help improve sleep.

Stay motivated: Join a friend or family member in a relaxing activity like walking, yoga or meditation every day.

Learn about heart health and heart healthy activities in your community at Use #OurHearts on social media to share how you and your friends, colleagues or family members are being heart healthy together.

Article courtesy of Family Features

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