Burst or Frozen Pipe? Epic Plumbing, LLC in Kansas City Can Help
Midwest winters can wreak havoc on a homeowner since we are living in a place where sub-zero temperatures are not uncommon. During cold winters with sub-freezing temperatures, it is not uncommon for homeowners to have frozen pipes. These frozen water lines can often result in water pipes bursting. A frozen pipe burst can cause leaks that can result in mold, damage to insulation and wiring, as well as other damages to the home. Fixing a burst pipe is an unwanted expense for a homeowner and can turn into a costly undertaking. Follow the tips below to try to avoid a frozen sewer line and your water pipes freezing this winter, but if this unfortunate event happens don’t hesitate to call Epic Plumbing, LLC for fast pipe repair service.
Why do frozen water lines burst?
As water gets colder and starts to freeze the water molecules begin to expand. Once the water in the line becomes frozen its expansion can cause a blockage in the waterline. This blockage will not necessarily cause the frozen pipe to burst. However, once the unfreezing process begins, the pressure from the water now trying to pass through your pipes will cause immense pressure and cause your frozen pipe to burst.
Why Is it Bad for Pipes to Freeze?
Waterpipe freezing often leads to the pipe cracking or breaking entirely. It is important to know a frozen water line can happen regardless of whether the pipe is metal or plastic. If the water pipe is not repaired quickly, you will face other problems. A cracked frozen water pipe can cause leaks, floods, damage to walls, and damage to your entire home. For instance, in addition to the water pipe repair, you could have electrical problems, mold, damaged walls, damage to flooring and carpeting, or other issues as well as replace ruined furniture or clothing. This can be expensive and often require additional cleanup services in order to get the situation resolved. Repairing a burst water line or sewer pipe is something that a professional will likely have to handle for you. Call a licensed plumber at Epic Plumbing, LLC for burst pipe repair.
What Pipes Are Most at Risk for Freezing?
Generally, any of your pipes that are 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, 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 when the temperature drops.
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
There are several winterizing steps you can do to help prevent your water pipes from freezing. They are simple steps that could help you avoid a catastrophe.
- Insulate Pipes. The best way to protect your pipes from bursting is to insulate your water pipes. Check especially where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Be sure to look in your garage and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets – especially those facing exterior walls.
- Home Insulation. Adding insulation to your attics and crawl spaces help your home maintain a higher temperature keeping you and your belongings warm.
- Keep Garage Doors Closed. Water lines often run through your garage and it’s not uncommon for garages to have high amounts of concrete which can keep the space cooler. Keeping the garage door closed will help you keep your garage from becoming even colder.
- Open Cabinets. Opening cabinet doors will keep the warm air in your home circulating around the plumbing and help prevent them from freezing.
- Leave Interior Doors Open. Keeping your bedroom door and other inside doors open will aid in the movement of heat throughout your home. This will help level the temperature throughout your home which will help in turn help keep your pipes from freezing.
- Keep Faucets Dripping. A running faucet can help prevent drain lines from freezing because of the friction moving water creates and relieves some of the pressure that causes pipes to burst.
- Seal Cracks and Openings. Winterize your home with an inspection looking for cracks and openings where the cold can come in. Seal those cracks and keep you and your water pipes from freezing. It will help your heating bill as well.
- Maintain a Consistent Thermostat. Keeping your home at a set temperature creates a steady temperature in-home and can aid in your pipes freezing. A few extra dollars a month will save you in the long run as opposed to the cost of fixing a broken pipe.
- Heating Tape. This tape is designed to produce heat and is mainly used to keep water pipes from freezing. You can also use heating tape to prevent ice dams at gutters.
How Do You Know if You Have a Burst Pipe?
There are several signs that you have a burst pipe that needs attention. If you notice any of the following contact Epic Plumbing.
- An unexpected drop in your water pressure
- Smelly water
- Clanging noise in walls
- Watermarks on your drywall or ceiling
- Standing water
- Soaked carpeting
- Unexplained high water bills
- Gurgling sounds in drains
Immediate Actions to Take if a Pipe Bursts
Once a water pipe bursts you need to react immediately to avoid any other problems.
- Turn off your main water
- Call Epic Plumbing
Do not contact your insurance agency until after you have spoken with Epic Plumbing. They can help you and guide you through this process.
Call Epic Plumbing, LLC for Frozen Pipe Repair in Kansas City
Epic Plumbing wants you to have a fun winter and not worry about your plumbing. Taking the recommendations above will help you avoid frozen pipes and keep you from having to deal with burst pipes. However, there will be times when nothing you do will stop your pipes from freezing in Kansas City’s colder months. For help fixing frozen pipes, you can reach out to Epic Plumbing, LLC. Our expert plumbers can find the source of your trouble when it comes to frozen and burst pipes. Call us today!