Monthly Archives: January 2014

What to do with frozen pipes and how to prevent them

frozen pipe

Frozen pipes are more than just a minor inconvenience, they are destructive and disruptive.  Frozen water does not just stop flowing through pipes, it actually expands and can cause pipes to crack or burst.

An 8″ crack in a pipe can leak up to 250 gallons of water per day!  That unexpected flood can ruin floors, furnishings, appliances, and many other valuables.

Each winter, more than 250,000 U.S. households have their homes destroyed and their lives disrupted by frozen pipes.  Often times, pipes burst when residence turn down the thermostat in an effort to save money, not considering the potential damage that could occur.  If they are gone for a long period of time, the water damage can quickly turn to mold.

Here are some tips to manage and prevent frozen pipes.

If your water pipes freeze, immediately turn off the water at your home’s main shutoff valve and call a plumber.

Protect your pipes; a few simple actions may protect your pipes the next time temperatures drop.

Let water trickle from an indoor faucet located along an exterior wall.  This dripping water provides relief from the excessive pressure that builds between the faucet and ice blockage when freezing occurs.  If there is no excessive water pressure, the pipe won’t burst – even if the water inside the pipe freezes.  Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to pipes under sinks along exterior walls.

Before next winter comes around, consider insulating the pipes in your crawl space and attic, which are especially susceptible to freezing.  Pipe insulation cannot prevent water from freezing in pipes, but it can increase the time needed for freezing to occur.  Disconnect garden hoses and turn off outside water.

Give us a call for an estimate on insulation or repairing after a burst.