Burst Pipes? Epic Plumbing, LLC Can Help
Winters in the Midwest can get frigid, and with those sub-freezing temperatures comes the risk of frozen pipes. In some instances, these frozen pipes can end up bursting and causing you a great deal of trouble. Follow the tips below to try and avoid your pipes freezing in the winter, but if it’s too late, call us to perform repairs.
Why is it bad for pipes to freeze?
Water expands as it freezes, so if the water in your pipe freezes, it is going to put an immense amount of pressure on the pipe itself. This often leads to the pipe cracking or breaking entirely, regardless of if the pipe is metal or plastic.
What pipes are most at risk for freezing?
Generally any of your pipes that are more exposed to colder temperatures are going to be at risk of freezing, though if it gets cold enough any pipe is at risk. Your outdoor hose bibs; swimming pool supply lines; water sprinkler lines; water supply pipes in basements or crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets; and pipes that are against exterior walls with little to no insulation are all high-risk for freezing.
How to prevent frozen pipes
There are several precautions you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing in the winter. Do not put antifreeze in your pipes – antifreeze is harmful to the environment as well as dangerous to animals, people, and landscaping. Follow these tips instead:
- Drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler supply lines following the manufacturer’s directions
- Add insulation to your attics, basements, and crawl spaces to maintain higher temperatures
- Check around your home for areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas—look in your garage and under your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in those areas should be insulated
- Remove, drain, and store your outdoor hoses and close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs
- Install products made to insulate water pipes, like a pipe sleeve or heat tape – even just newspaper can provide a measurable amount of protection in areas that won’t be exposed to freezing temperatures for a prolonged amount of time
- Keep garage doors closed if you have water supply lines in the garage
- Leave your kitchen and bathroom cabinets open to allow warmer air to circulate around the pipes
- If you are anticipating extremely cold temperatures, leave the cold water dripping from a faucet that’s served by exposed pipes
- Leave your thermostat a little higher during the night than you usually would – spend a little bit more on your heating bill but prevent a more costly repair job.
How do you know if you have a burst pipe?
There are several signs that you have a burst pipe that needs attention. One major symptom is a sudden, unexpected drop in your water pressure. Finding watermarks on your drywall or standing water in your home is another good indication that the cold weather has left you with burst pipes. If you hear strange sounds coming from your plumbing, such as gurgling or whistling noises, this could also indicate a burst pipe in your system.
Call Epic Plumbing, LLC for your frozen pipe repair
Our expert plumbers can find the source of your trouble when it comes to frozen and burst pipes. Call us today!