Frozen Pipe Prevention and Repair Services
A sudden dip in temperature can wreak havoc on pipes. While Southern California may not experience extreme cold like some parts of the country, all it takes it a little bit of cold for pipes to freeze or burst. A frozen pipe means water has turned to ice inside the pipe. This isn’t a typical blockage. It doesn’t just cause a backup, it puts pressure on the system and may lead to leak repair. Frozen pipes aren’t picky. Copper, plastic, steel – all materials are susceptible. Don’t put your home’s or commercial property’s plumbing system at risk of damage or high repair bills. Keep your system running well and avoid frozen pipe repair with these plumbing tips to reduce the chances of freezing pipes and leak repair.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Homeowners don’t have to put up with frozen pipes. It’s an avoidable situation.
Check out these tips from our professionals:
- Warm air and constant circulation keep pipes from freezing. Some ways to do this is to open cabinet doors under sinks in rooms with exterior walls. Turn the faucet on just enough for a slight trickle of warm water to run.
- Insulate pipes in unheated areas like crawl spaces, outside utility rooms, or areas with exterior walls. Any pipes that are exposed to the elements should be wrapped with thermostat-controlled heat cables or with heat tape.
- A lot of people will turn off the heat when they’re away for a long time. Instead of turning off the heat, turn down the thermostat to no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Of course, you can always call Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter with any questions too.
If you have frozen pipes, take the following action:
- Turn off the water going to the main line. This reduces pressure and, if the pipe bursts, it minimizes the damage. pipes and minimize flooding if the pipes burst.
- A hair dryer is a great household tool to unthaw frozen pipes that are exposed. Never use a blow-torch or other type of open flame to thaw the pipe. If you can’t get to the pipe because it’s concealed, call Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter to assist you.
- Slow water flow is a sign of frozen pipes. If you think this may be the problem, call a licensed plumber immediately. In most cases, swift action can resolve problems before any damage happens.
If your home has frozen water pipes, contact a Wise Choice Plumbing & Rooter expert. We have high-tech, safe professional pipe-thawing equipment. Call us at (888) 668-8922 to schedule service or you book an appointment online.
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