How to Treat Frozen Pipes This Winter
Frozen pipes—it’s the one thing homeowners don’t want to encounter during the winter, except maybe the Abominable Snowman. Imagine trying to live peacefully in your home during the winter, only to have a frozen pipe burst and cause gallons of water to leak out. Not only will it create a giant mess in your home and turn it into the next big water park, but you’ll also find yourself paying so much more money on bills. Would you really want to live with such a huge source of frustration for the winter? Of course not, but it’s a reality that many homeowners face every year. And it’s not like a frozen pipe is a problem that you can just wait to fix either. When you see it, it needs to be fixed immediately, no excuses. You also don’t need to be a licensed plumber to fix the situation. All it really takes is a little more know-how in avoiding frozen pipes altogether to ensure they don’t happen. If they do occur, a bit more knowledge on how to prevent the situation from worsening can keep your home maintained before a professional arrives to your doorstep. After all, it’s not just your comfort at risk; it’s your family’s comfort as well. Knowing just what to do in the event of a frozen pipe will ensure they live happier in your home!
Why Should You Call Papalia Plumbing?
Frozen pipes may be the worst type of plumbing problem, but the team here at Papalia Plumbing know more than any other service company just how important it can be to avoid them. After all, frozen and, by extension burst, pipes may require some extensive repair that may even see you have to seek temporary residence somewhere else as it gets fixed. Our licensed, fully-trained plumbers want to see you enjoy the winter without the threat of frozen pipes, and they are here to show you how to avoid and treat them. We stop at nothing to ensure to the work is done to the bet of its abilities to guarantee your 100% satisfaction Thanks to our help, you will save more money on water bills and leak detection throughout the season, which means you will be able to gear your savings toward other interests. You will also be able to relax so much more during the winter, knowing you have durable pipes that are immune from winter’s unforgivable frost.
6 Ways to Treat or Prevent Frozen Pipes
Fear a frozen pipe may occur soon? Are you experiencing a frozen pipe right now? If you want to know how to take a stand against frozen pipes, take a look at these helpful prevention tips to ensure your winter remains free of any trouble:
- Seal Air Leaks: Don’t rule out the possibility of air leaks, even if your doors and windows are closed. Before the winter begins, check attics and basements as these are the most likely areas of your home with air leaks.
- Shut off Water Supply: So let’s say you do experience a frozen pipe—what shall you do then? Well, first and foremost, you should do before anything else is shut off the water supply by locating the stop tap. Turning it off will prevent water from running to any plumbing fixtures and reduce the risk of water damage.
- Turn off Electronics: If you have a frozen pipe burst, shut off electricity immediately. The most dangerous possibility is water seeping into your home which can lead to electrical fires, electrical shocks, and power outages. Call for electrical service if the water has damaged any electrical features. This is by far the most important thing you can do in protecting your family.
- Remove and Drain Outdoor Hoses: Close indoor valves supplying hose bibs and then drain the bibs of any water. However, you will want to keep outdoor valves open so the remaining water can expand without causing the pipe to break.
- Drain Pool and Sprinkler Water: Have any water currently in your pool and sprinkler line? then drain it before the cold air freezes it. Follow manufacturer instructions to ensure draining is conducted correctly.
- Record Damage: Record any damage from pipe bursts for insurance claims. Taking photos of damage will go a long way in backing up claims. You should also take notes on what caused the burst for further evidence.
Contact Papalia Plumbing today if you want to learn more on how you can continue to live in your home this winter without worrying about frozen pipes!