Article provided by: Precision Plumbing & Supply
Will you know what to do when you wake up to frozen pipes in Richland, WA? Taking the wrong proactive measures can result in a broken water pipe, which is why it’s essential that you not only know what to do when your plumbing system becomes frozen, but also what to do to prevent it from happening. Precision Plumbing & Supply responds to emergency frozen pipes with the right equipment to safely thaw pipes without damaging them.
What Do I Do About Frozen Pipes?
Before you decide to take matters in your own hands, you should know that there is a right way and a wrong way to thaw pipes once they’ve become frozen:
- Use a propane torch
- Try to thaw pipes quickly
- Leave frozen pipes to thaw on their own
- Use a space heater
- Resort to open flame techniques
- Wrap exposed pipes with warm towels
- Be prepared for an indoor flood if damage to pipes has occurred
- Be ready to turn off your main water valve
- Provide safe, indirect heat
- Supervise the thawing process
- Contact a plumber if you suspect a leak or if you’re not confident in DIY techniques
Can I Prevent Frozen Pipes in Richland, WA?
Two highly effective methods of preventing frozen pipes include opening cabinet doors where pipes are present and opening your faucets to allow them to drip cold water when temperatures dip below 30 degrees or remain below freezing for more than 24 hours. Even the slightest movement of water through pipes will prevent them from freezing. If you live in areas where temperatures dip below 0 for prolonged periods of time, consider investing in insulated pipe sleeves to prevent frozen pipes.
When to Call a Plumber
If you wake up to frozen pipes, your first instinct could be to try everything possible to get your plumbing system working again as quickly as possible. Use caution and take your time when attempting to thaw pipes after a freeze. When water freezes, it expands, and often causes tiny leaks or cracks in pipes that are hard to see. Once pipes thaw, damage can cause water to leaks into your home, or flood your home, depending on the severity of the damage.
Keep Precision Plumbing & Supply’s phone number handy during the winter months in case of frozen pipes in Richland, WA. We can respond to your call with safe and timely service to thaw pipes and repair pipes with cracks and holes due to freezing and expanding.
Trusted Plumbers in Richland
If you experience frozen pipes on a consistent basis, contact one of our plumbing pros to discuss wrapping your home’s pipes to prevent future freezing. We can take a look at key areas where pipes are exposed to the cold, wrapping only some of the pipes or wrapping your entire plumbing system, depending on your budget. Feel free to reach out to us with your questions or request service, day or night, by calling our plumbing hotline.