Why do water pipes freeze?

When the temperature outside drops below 32 degrees fahrenheit your plumbing system comes at risk of freezing and bursting, especially if the pipes have been improperly installed or are exposed to the elements.

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What should I do if my pipes freeze?

The best course of action is to turn off your incoming water supply and call our team of plumbing professionals immediately. Once the pipes have frozen you are at a high risk of the pipes bursting and flooding your home.

If your frozen pipes are exposed, try using a hair dryer on low heat to manually thaw them out. Never use an open flame to thaw frozen pipes! If you have additional frozen pipes that are not accessible or exposed, contact our team of Service Experts to thaw out your plumbing system. We retain the latest technologies and state-of-the-art equipment to professionally thaw frozen pipes in the safest way possible.

What can I do to prevent my water lines from freezing or bursting?

The best defense to frozen pipes is preventative action. Once the pipes have frozen it essentially becomes a waiting game until the pipes can thoroughly thaw out. Oftentimes what happens is once the thawing process begins the pipes, which have already split but are full of ice, start to leak and can do serious water damage to your home. Things you can do to prevent frozen pipes include insulating your water lines, sealing any drafty areas in your home, and installing heat tape to keep your pipes warm when the temperature drops below freezing. It is also a good idea to leave water trickling at a couple of faucets at night while you sleep and to open the cupboard underneath faucets so that the warm air can get to where the pipes are.

These piping damages can be costly if they are not addressed right away. By applying these tips and tricks to avoid pipe freezes, you can potentially save thousands of dollars on pipe repair and reconstruction.

If your frozen pipes are exposed, try using a hair dryer on low heat to manually thaw them out. Never use an open flame to thaw frozen pipes! If you have additional frozen pipes that are not accessible or exposed, contact our pipe repair contractors for emergency pipe thawing services. We retain the latest technologies and state-of-the-art equipment to professionally thaw frozen pipes in the safest way possible.

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