Many homeowners rarely think about their pipes, but when the temperature drops, they are at risk of getting damaged. Generally, the pipes are metal, so they get quite cold in the winter. This could lead to frozen pipes. Such extreme temperatures can freeze the water within the pipe, which turns it to ice.
Water tends to expand when it freezes. Therefore, it can lead to burst pipes. If they crack or bust during such colder weather, it is essential to have them fixed. 24H Plumbing Pros is here to help!
We are available 24/7 because we know that your plumbing issues aren’t likely to occur at the most convenient times. Plus, we aren’t going to charge you any extra fees to work the weekend, holiday, or evening.
Your home is your sanctuary. If you find that your pipes have frozen, you aren’t going to be able to use any water.
What Happens When You Have Frozen Pipes?
Generally, the pipes outside the house are the ones that freeze first. Depending on the temperature, it can take a few minutes or a few hours. Once you have frozen pipes, they can burst within minutes. While a partial freeze can allow for thawing, there could be a lot of water in the pipes.
Therefore, if they bust, thousands of gallons of water could leak into the house. This damages your property and costs you a lot of money. In some cases, the water damage can leave the home uninhabitable for a few weeks. If you have noticed a frozen pipe in or around your house, it is essential to call us as soon as possible. That way, we can determine the damage and fix it for you promptly.
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What to Do If Your Pipes Are Frozen?
If you notice that you have frozen pipes, it is essential that you shut off the water main. This takes the pressure off of the pipes and can minimize flooding issues. Sometimes, you can see the ice blockage. It is possible to perform DIY thawing methods using a hairdryer. However, this is a temporary fix, and it could happen again and again during the winter months.
For long-term help and when the pipes aren’t visible, you need to call on a professional plumber. We understand your concerns and are here to help 24/7. If you happen to notice that you don’t have water at all and it is cold outside, you should call us immediately, as you likely have a frozen pipe.
Pipes that freeze frequently can include:
- Outside house pipes
- Exposed pipes
- Pipes in the walls with no or little insulation
- Water supply pipes in an unheated area
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Those who don’t currently have a frozen pipe may want to prevent this issue from happening. We can help you with this issue. Often, we recommend that people use heat tape on any outside house pipes. This keeps the pipe warm so that ice cannot form.
However, this might not work in every case. Therefore, on very cold nights (temperatures below freezing), you should let the cold water faucet drip slightly. Just a trickle is all that you need to help prevent frozen pipes. It is also a good idea to keep your thermostat set at the same temperature at all times.
Some people try to avoid a high energy bill by keeping the home colder at night. This can drop the temperature in the pipes, as well, causing them to freeze while you sleep.
Another good idea is to wrap foam insulation around exposed pipes in the house. This keeps them a bit warmer and can prevent freezing. However, this might not work for any pipes outside the residence.
We understand that, when the temperature drops, you are more worried about staying comfortable. However, your pipes need some extra attention, as well. If you are concerned about frozen pipes, you need a professional on whom you can rely. We are available 24/7 and can offer emergency assistance.
We serve a variety of areas throughout the 50 US states. These include:
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Do not wait until the pipes have burst. This is sure to result in significant damage to the home. Instead, call us at the first sign of an issue. We can arrive at your house promptly and assess the situation.