FROZEN WATER PIPES
SERVICE / REPAIR / THAWING
With freezing temperatures there is a good chance that unprotected water pipes will freeze. When this happens, you may experience only the annoyance of interrupted water service until the water in the pipes thaw. Unfortunately, for a few, the water line may rupture and cause property damage and require plumbing repairs. Click here to learn more about how Water Cop’s freeze sensors can prevent flooding if your pipes do freeze.
There are several preventive measures that can reduce your chances of having your water lines freeze.
- Shut off the outside water valve, disconnect water hoses and drain water from pipes, via an open faucet.
- Allow a trickle of hot and cold water to drip. The cost of the wasted water is small compared to the damage from frozen pipes. CAUTION: Be certain you are not running water into a drain line that is exposed to extreme cold as that line might freeze as well.
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors under sinks to allow heat from the room to circulate around un-insulated pipes.
- Heat unused rooms with plumbing, especially if the plumbing is in a north wall.
- Insulate all pipes in areas where there is no heat, such as the garage or crawl space. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipes that are exposed to the weather and prone to freeze. You can purchase a variety of insulating and heating devices to install on both inside and outside plumbing.
- Seal any air leaks around doors and windows to reduce cold air penetration.
If frozen pipes do occur, Brothers Plumbing, Heating & Electric can thaw those pipes. We don’t use torches for thawing, so there is no risk of fire from an open flame. We thaw the pipes safely, using electric thawing machines so that there is no damage to the wall or ceiling from an open flame.
We can also repair any broken lines due to freezing.