Keeping your home warm and comfortable during the winter is one thing, but have you thought about what goes within your walls? Your pipes are not susceptible to weather changes, and in the winter, there’s a huge chance they could freeze. Your pipes carry water, which can expand when it freezes. When this happens, you could face serious problems. So, what should you do?
Are Your Pipes Susceptible to Freezing?
Pipes that are exposed to extreme cold weather directly are more susceptible to freezing. That is why you need to protect your pipes before winter comes to help bring their temperature down. Here are some of the types of pipes that could freeze in winter:
- Outdoor hoses
- Water sprinkler lines
- Plumbing in unheated interiors
- Outdoor pipes with no insulation
If you don’t address frozen water pipes, they can cause major leaks. In fact, one burst pipe alone can make you lose 4-8 gallons of water every minute and cost you a lot of money to repair. This can be solved through preventative maintenance.
Are Your Pipes Frozen
So, what happens when your pipes are already frozen? How do you know?
Here are some signs of frozen pipes:
- Pipes covered in ice
- Low water pressure
- Persistent plumbing issues
- Damp drywall
- Strange sounds and odours coming from your pipes
Thaw Your Frozen Pipes
It’s challenging to identify where the freeze is when it comes to frozen pipes because most of them are difficult to access. On the other hand, exterior pipelines are easier to diagnose and treat; so, if you find an exterior frozen pipe, you can thaw it on your own.
You can apply heat to the frozen pipe with the use of a hairdryer, a space heater, or you can use warm towels or a heating pad. Make sure to keep the faucet on while you warm the pipes to allow the ice to thaw and trickle out. Just continue to apply the heat until the water pressure is restored.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
There are many ways you can prevent frozen water pipes. For one, make sure your exterior pipes are insulated to ensure the cold will not solidify the water running through them. It’s also a good idea to let small amounts of water run through your faucets constantly to keep the water moving during the winter.
Inside your home, it’s an excellent idea to open your cabinet doors under the sinks to let warm air heat the pipes but make sure you seal the openings of doors to the basement, attic, etc.
Since it’s wintertime, you won’t need your outdoor hoses that much, so store them away to preserve their efficiency.
Let the Professionals Handle It
Most of the time, the best course of action when it comes to dealing with frozen pipes is to call a plumber, whether it’s to address frozen pipes or to provide preventative maintenance. You can guarantee that your pipes will get the TLC that they deserve and will save you a lot of time and money in the long run.
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