Frozen Pipes Myths Debunked:
As the winter season is upon us, we wanted to share some valuable tips to help you prevent and address issues related to frozen pipes. Taking proactive measures can save you from potential damage and inconvenience. Here are some helpful suggestions:
Detection of Frozen Pipes
If the temperature drops below freezing and turning on the tap yields no water flow, there's a possibility of a frozen water pipe. In the event that only a small trickle of water emerges when the tap is turned on, it could indicate a frozen pipe. Look out for bulges or frost on the exterior of the pipes as potential signs of freezing. Additionally, if a specific section of the pipe feels colder than its surroundings, that particular area might be the frozen culprit.
Myth: All Frozen Pipes Burst
This scenario doesn't always lead to pipe rupture; in many instances, the pipe can thaw without any damage. Before initiating the thawing process, ensure the main water valve is turned off, and all faucets are open. As the frozen pipe starts to defrost, the water will naturally drain through the pipe to the open faucet. If dealing with multiple frozen sections, prioritize thawing the segment closest to the faucet. This approach facilitates the proper flow of melting water out of the line, preventing pressure buildup and potential complications.
Myth: Contact a Plumber at the First Sign of a Frozen Pipe
Thawing a frozen pipe doesn't always necessitate hiring a plumber. You can save money by patiently defrosting the pipe yourself. While plumbers can assist in the process, their services come at a significant cost, especially during off-hours or weekends. Homeowners can raise the indoor heat to naturally thaw pipes within walls. Typically, indoor pipes will thaw gradually, allowing water to eventually flow through the faucet into the sink. Once water begins to flow properly, you can reopen the main valve to facilitate a stronger water flow. If successful, your efforts have paid off. However, if no water reaches the faucet and there's potential damage to walls, carpet, or furniture, promptly shut off the main water valve and contact our dispatcher for assistance.
Myth: Plumbers are Making Bucket Loads of Money
Contrary to common narratives, plumbers aren't gleefully profiting from exorbitant fees for repairing burst pipes. The majority of our plumbers work tirelessly, often around the clock, and aren't eager to delve into yet another cold, wet repair job for broken plumbing. Elevated service and repair fees are primarily aimed at offsetting the increased risks and expenses linked to hazards posed by cold weather conditions.