Experiencing a dreaded frozen or burst pipe in Allen? When temperatures go below freezing, pipes are put under increased strain. Just like you protect yourself by bundling up from the cold during winter, it is important that you also protect your pipes from the cold. Your pipes carry water, which expands when it freezes. This can cause serious problems for even the toughest commercial plumbing system. If your pipes are not properly insulated and covered, the frozen water can create major pressure and ultimately lead to cracks, leaks, or bursts. Contact us today if one of your pipes burst in your Allen home and our team of Winterizing experts at Auger Pros Plumbing will help you!
If left unnoticed, frozen water pipes can cause major leaks and catastrophes. To prevent such damage, it is crucial that you take the proper preventative steps to preserve your pipes.
What Pipes Are Vulnerable to Freezing?
Because Texas rarely sees below freezing temperatures, our pipes typically don’t have the proper insulation to protect from the cold. Additionally, they’re typically located in places that don’t have proper insulation, such as exterior walls or attics.
Frozen or Burst Pipe Prevention
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to allow heat from the room to circulate around uninsulated pipes. Allow a trickle of hot and cold water to drip overnight; however, be careful not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the extreme cold because that line might freeze.
Have a Plumber install Frostproof Hose bibbs
Caulk air leaks in areas with exposed pipes
Insulate all pipes in unheated areas or against uninsulated outside walls, in garages, and in attics. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipes that are exposed and prone to freezing.
Make sure the heat is turned on in the building and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
SIGNS OF A FROZEN PIPE
Should you experience any of the following, you might have frozen pipes:
Strange smells from the faucet or drain
A decrease in water pressure
Lack of running water or very little running water
Water is not at the right temperature
Frost on pipes
Plumbers often tell you preventative measures to keep your pipes from freezing but they don’t always tell you what to do if your pipes have already frozen. Here are some steps you can take to remedy frozen pipes in Allen safely. If you follow these tips you may be able to avoid or minimize serious damage:
Shut-off the water main leading into your house or building and open any faucets connected to the pipe. This will reduce pressure on the frozen pipes and minimize flooding if the pipes burst.
If the frozen pipe is exposed and visible, use a hairdryer, heat gun, or space heater to thaw the ice blockage. Do not use an open flame and keep space heaters far enough away from walls and flammable materials to avoid fire risk!
Wrapping freezing pipes with thermostatically controlled heat tape is also an effective way to quickly thaw a trouble spot.
Examine exposed pipes for leaks. Even with the water main turned off, there will be enough pressure to reveal leaks once the pipe has thawed. The real trouble begins after the thaw. That’s because the frozen water may be acting as a plug, preventing water from spilling out of the cracks in your pipes. When that plug is thawed, water gushes out. It’s a good idea to be ready with a mop, bucket, and towels in case there’s a plumbing leak.
Even if no leaks are found, a plumber should examine the pipes that experienced a hard freeze. Some pipes may need to be replaced since the material has experienced stretching and fatigue, putting the pipes at risk for future bursting.
Contact Auger Pros Plumbing who is equipped with pipe-thawing equipment to get your pipes flowing again and if necessary, make repairs to damaged pipes.
Document everything for your insurance company. Homeowner insurance companies are more apt to pay your water damage claim if you can show that you have done your due diligence and maintained your property in a reasonable manner.
Have a Burst or Frozen Pipe , Call Auger Pros today!!
Keep in mind when the pipes thaw, they may begin spewing water inside your walls if the pipe has burst. It’s because water expands when it freezes, adding considerable pressure on unyielding plumbing pipes. That pressure can cause a tiny leak at a joint or crack on a length of pipe, unleashing the full flow of water inside your home. The resulting flooding can quickly cause serious property damage. Auger Pros Plumbing can also suggest Water Restoration companies if you have interior damage as well as plumbing services so we can offer one-stop service to home and business owners who are dealing with all problems associated with frozen pipes.
Immediately dry out by removing as much water as possible using mops, sponges, towels, and a wet/dry vacuum. To minimize mold, mildew, and other moisture-related problems, run a dehumidifier in the space until it’s very dry.
The bottom line is, if a severe cold front is approaching, it’s always good to Have a Plumber on Speed-Dial. Call Auger Pros today at 214-206-6580 so that we can help you with all your frozen or burst pipe plumbing emergencies and winterization in Allen!!
If a severe cold front is approaching, it’s always good to Have a Plumber on Speed-Dial. Call Auger Pros today at 214-206-6580 so that we can help you with all your frozen or burst pipe plumbing emergencies and winterization in Allen!!
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