If you want to avoid a water restoration emergency, it’s best to prevent frozen pipes in the first place. Here are some tips on how to find frozen pipes in your home and prevent them from ever getting there.
Why would pipes freeze?
Depending on where you live, frozen pipes are an unfortunate reality that can wreak havoc and cost hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars in repairs. But whether or not your pipes will freeze is largely dependent on a few factors. Start by checking out your home’s insulation: If it’s insufficient, heat has no place to go but up (or out) and into your pipes. Next, look for drafts: Even a tiny draft can be enough to cause water lines to freeze in seconds; if there’s a drafty spot near your water heater or furnace, they might want to invest in some insulation or protective wrapping.
Preventing frozen pipes
When temperatures drop, it’s important to take steps to keep your pipes from freezing. Here are four steps you can take to prevent freezing: (1) Insulate exposed pipes outside of your home; (2) Keep a small trickle of water running through outside taps; (3) Invest in a freeze-detection system that can help prevent big problems if you do experience frozen pipes; and (4) Be prepared by knowing what damage freezing cold weather can do to your home’s plumbing.
What to do if your pipes are already frozen
If your pipes are already frozen, turn off your water supply at its main source. If you don’t know where it is, call a plumber to locate it for you. Once you’ve done that, drain any remaining water in your plumbing system to prevent further damage. Open cabinet doors under sinks and flush toilets to get rid of as much water as possible. If there’s still standing water in your home, leave a tap running until everything freezes.
Signs that you might have frozen pipes
Clack-clack-clack: If you hear a clacking sound coming from your pipes when you turn on your faucet, listen closely to see if it stops. If it does, there’s probably no immediate danger. But don’t take any chances; call a water restoration company (like ours!) as soon as possible to check for damage and avoid further costs down the road.
Detecting frozen pipes before it’s too late
Frozen pipes are a problem during the winter months, especially in colder climates. The first sign that you might have frozen pipes is when you notice your water supply dripping slowly or not flowing at all. If your faucets aren’t producing any water pressure, there’s a chance that your pipes have frozen and burst. A cold-weather pipe detector can help you detect potential problems before they get out of hand—thereby saving you thousands of dollars on water restoration services.
Frozen Pipes are no laughing matter
Frozen pipes are no laughing matter. The key to protecting your home and family is preventing them from happening in the first place. A water heater serves as a backup system against frozen pipes because its built-in heating element is constantly keeping water at a temperature well above freezing, so it’s there when you need it most.