Its Frozen Pipe Season: Protecting your Home or Business from a Costly Repair Bill

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 , Posted by Bradhaw Plumbing

With the weather taking a dip and the arrival of the new year, it’s safe to say that it is officially frozen pipe season. Each year thousands of homes and businesses have issues with frozen pipes due to extremely cold temperatures.

Frozen water lines are one of the biggest and most expensive threats to homes and businesses. A frozen water line can interfere with daily life at home, and it could shut down your business if you rely on water as part of your operations.

In most cases, pipes freeze because they are not properly insulated, exposing them to sub-zero temperatures. When pipes freeze, so does the water inside of them. Since water expands when it freezes, it places extra pressure on the pipes leading them to break, crack, or burst.

Signs your pipes may be frozen

There are a few ways you can tell if your pipes are frozen. The most important sign is a reduction in water flow in a particular room in your home or business. Frozen pipes may only impact isolated areas of your plumbing system. For example, your plumbing could work normal in the master bathroom, but you have water pressure issues in the laundry room.

Tips to prevent frozen pipes

Prevention is the best approach to dealing with frozen pipes. Reducing the odds of the issue occurring is the best thing you can do. Here are a number of ways you can be proactive and prevent frozen pipes:

  • Make sure you shut off water flow to outside taps and let them drain before it freezes. Always disconnect outside hoses in the fall.
  • Insulate all pipes that could be impacted by outside temperatures during the winter.
  • Avoid exposing pipes to outside elements, if possible.
  • Have your pipes inspected to ensure they are protected.
  • If you have an extended power outage during the winter, turn off the main shutoff valve.

Think you may have frozen pipe issues?

If you are experiencing issues with water flow and suspect that frozen pipes may be the issue, give us a call. It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when dealing with frozen pipes. A burst pipe is not only an inconvenience; it can be a costly repair bill if you don’t address it immediately.

We offer a number of pipe thawing services. We will electronically the frozen water lines and water services and can offer preventative measures to help prevent future issues.

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