Most of us can agree that there is nothing quite as upsetting as waking up in the middle of the cold winter months to find you have no heat or hot water. To make matters worse, discovering an even more challenging problem, the presence of frozen pipes as the root source of your problem. Frozen water can easily rupture a pipe and can ultimately lead to flooding or severe damage in your home. That is the primary reason why it is so important that you prevent all of the pipes in your home (or business) from freezing.
IMPORTANT STEPS TO TAKE
In order to ensure that you do not find yourself faced with the destruction that freezing pipes can cause, it is imperative you put a proper preventative plan in place to protect you and your home when the temperatures begin to fall. Here at Steve Mull Plumbing our clients are our number one priority which is why we want to share some important tips on how to safeguard your home from froze pipes this winter.
- Identify the issues – There are a few obvious indicators you can be on the lookout for. For instance, if you see only a trickle of water flowing from your tap or when you turn on the faucet, you have no water flow at all. In addition, if you see frost on the pipes rest assured you have an issue. Finally, if you notice an unpleasant odor coming from your shower or sink drains or from the tap itself, you may have yourself an issue with pipes that may have frozen. The sooner you are able to identify the problem, the sooner you can remedy it.
- Take steps to prevent pipes from freezing – When the temperature outside becomes increasingly cold, your pipes are desperately at risk. To prevent pipes from freezing you can start by keeping the heat on in your home, which will keep any pipes warm and keep water consistently flowing through the system. In addition, add insulation or heating tape to your pipes to protect them from freezing. You should also leave your faucets open just a slight bit to relieve any pressure in the pipes which can ultimately cause them to burst. Finally, you should prevent any cold air from coming in contact with pipes that are exposed by sealing any holes or cracks that may be present in the pipework. Be sure to seal all openings on the inside as well as the outside of your home.
- If pipes become frozen, take steps immediately to thaw them – If you discover you have frozen pipes take necessary measures to prevent them from bursting. Start by turning off the tap to the water supply. Never use a blow torch to thaw pipes, but rather use either cloths/towels that are immersed in hot water, a hair dryer or even hot water bottles to start the thawing process.
CALL IN THE PROFESSIONALS
If, despite all your commitment and best efforts, you were unable to prevent your pipes from freezing and ultimately bursting, or perhaps you just are not comfortable enough to take these preventative steps, don’t delay in reaching out to the professionals here at Steve Mull Plumbing. Our highly skilled and experienced plumbers stand ready to meet your every need and to help resolve issues during the cold weather seasons resulting from frozen pipes. Contact one of our team to schedule your service appointment or to learn more about steps you can take to avoid your home or business pipes from freezing. We look forward to serving you and send along wishes for a safe and enjoyable winter season ahead!