When temperatures drop, homeowners are at risk of frozen pipes, which can lead to costly damage and inconvenience. Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent pipes from freezing and minimize the risk of burst pipes.
Common reasons for frozen pipes:
- Cold Exposure: Pipes in unheated areas such as basements, attics, crawl spaces and garages are more susceptible to freezing.
- Poor Insulation: Inadequate insulation around pipes can allow cold air to enter the pipes, increasing the risk of freezing.
- Exterior Penetrations: Cracks or gaps in walls, floors, or foundations can allow cold air to enter and affect exposed pipes.
One of the obvious signs of frozen pipes is when you turn on the faucet and no water comes out. Other subtle signs include strange smells, frost on pipes, and unusual noises.
They can protect your home from costly damage and inconvenience. If you suspect your pipes are frozen, do the following:
- Keep the faucet open: As the frozen pipe thaws, water and steam will collect. Keeping the faucet open provides an escape route and reduces pressure buildup.
- Apply Heat: You can use a hair dryer, space heater, or heating pad to apply heat directly to the frozen pipe. Start at the faucet and move toward the frozen area.
- Wrap pipes with towels: If you don’t have access to a heat source, you can also thaw the frozen pipe by wrapping towels soaked in hot water.
- Shut off the water supply: If the pipe bursts or cracks, turning off the main water supply can prevent further flooding and damage.
Call Omega Plumbing at 815-773-0808 if you cannot thaw the frozen pipe or if it has burst. Our team of professionals has the tools and expertise to handle any plumbing emergency.
For more information, please contact:
521 Oak Leaf Court Unit A
Joliet, IL 60436