Frozen Pipes – Prevent Your Pipes from Bursting
‘Last updated: January 18, 2017‘ Although this is a seasonal problem, with the freezing winters we have, frozen pipes are a major problem here in the north. It is more common than most people think. This is because most houses were built a while ago and are not prepared to handle this problem. Our plumbers receive frequent calls during the winter months regarding pipes freezing and bursting. The best way to deal with pipes freezing is preventative measures.
Causes for Frozen Pipes
Most people do not understand what causes a pipe to freeze and burst. This is simple. Think of water vs ice. Ice is heavier, more dense, and harder than water. As the temperature drops, the molecules in water begin to expand. If you have seen a video of a snowflake form from a water droplet and how the crystals expand, you will see how water expands to form ice. You can see a video here of a snowflake forming. So as the temperature drops, the water molecules begin to slow down and expand, forming ice. Eventually, the whole pipe will freeze and expand, and as the water pressure from the main valve continues to push water through, the water tries to find a way through. Eventually, the pipe will burst, causing your home to start flooding.
Our experienced plumbers have attended many houses to fix frozen pipes. When water starts flooding, the floors, walls, furniture, electronics and much more get damaged in the process. We have seen damages ranging from a few hundred dollars for homeowners who identify and immediately call a plumber, to tens of thousands of dollars for homeowners who are unaware that a leak has occurred.
How to Fix the Problem
Sometimes when a leak is quickly identified, and it doesn’t seem like a big problem, homeowners try to fix the problem themselves. While this may work temporarily as the water has burst once before, it will happen again unless properly dealt with. There are also many Do It Yourself (DIY) tutorials one can find online for smaller repairs to pipes. But if there is a major leak, it is best to call a plumbing technician. Frozen pipes can be a huge headache if not dealt with immediately or correctly.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
While you should always call a plumber to help with this problem, there are some preventative measures one can take to prevent frozen pipes. Here are some things to check to make sure your pipes do not freeze:
1. Locate your water main – Everyone at home should know where the main water valve is and how to shut it off. If leaving your home for more than a few days, especially in the winter months, always shut off your water main.
2. Insulation – Homes more than a few years old do not have insulation on the walls. This allows cold air to freeze the pipes. Insulating your walls, especially around the plumbing, will ensure your pipes do not freeze.
3. Heat Circulation – Make sure heat is properly circulating throughout the entire home. Sometimes we shut the doors for rooms we are not using. Pipes can freeze anywhere in the house. Keeping your doors open will properly circulate the heat of the house. Keeping lights and heat on in certain colder areas such as basements and storage rooms.
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