Stop Plumbing Damage Before It Happens
Dealing with freeze damaged plumbing is nearly always an expensive problem that could be avoided. Before heading into winter, and anytime a freeze is forecast, make sure you’ve taken the necessary precautions to prevent plumbing damage that can occur when your exposed or unheated pipes freeze.
A sure sign that your pipes are frozen is a slow or no flow from the faucet or if the toilet is slow to refill after a flush. At this point leaks probably haven’t become a problem, but will be a big headache as soon as the ice plugs thaw and water can again flow. That’s when the water pressure will find an exit at the source of the break, which can be anywhere, including in the wall.
Some of the steps you can take to prevent or limit damage are listed below. Every situation is different, and the amount of damage will depend on how hard the freeze is and how long it lasts. Find these and additional tips on how to prevent frozen pipes at the State Farm info center.
- Disconnect garden hoses from exterior faucets.
- If the exterior faucets have a separate shut-off valve, close the valve and drain the faucet.
- Leave vulnerable faucets open just a bit to allow a constant drip or trickle. Start with the faucet furthest from the main valve.
- Use insulated or heated wrap on exposed pipes.
- If your pipes pass through an unheated room or space consider a space heater to keep the area warm.
- If your pipes should burst from freezing, turn off the water supply at the main service valve.
These tips can help prevent damage that can lead to expensive repairs, but if you still encounter a problem call Wilson Plumbing first.