Should I Call A Plumber For Frozen Pipes?

Should I Call A Plumber For Frozen Pipes?

When Jack Frost comes nipping, not only noses but also pipes can feel the chill. Frozen pipes are more than a minor inconvenience; they can become a homeowner’s icy nightmare, leading to serious issues like bursts and water damage. So, when you suspect your pipes have turned into mini ice rinks, what’s your next move? Let’s thaw out this question and see if it’s time to call a plumber.

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The Freeze Factor: Understanding the Risk

In the plumbing world, frozen pipes are a red flag. Water expands as it freezes, which puts immense pressure on your pipes. This pressure can cause cracks or bursts, leading to serious water damage. Older homes and pipes in unheated areas are particularly at risk.

You might have frozen pipes if you turn on a faucet and only a trickle (or nothing) comes out, or if you can visibly see frost on exposed pipes. Also, an odd clanking sound when you turn on the tap can be a telltale sign.

The DIY Approach: Proceed with Caution

If you’re dealing with frozen pipes, you may be tempted to handle it yourself. While it’s true that gentle thawing with a hairdryer or heating pad can sometimes do the trick, there are risks. Improper thawing techniques can lead to cracking or bursting. Never use an open flame or high heat source, as this can damage the pipes or even start a fire.

Here’s the cold, hard truth: If you’re unsure where the freeze is, can’t access the frozen area, or if thawing attempts don’t work, it’s time to call a professional. A plumber can safely thaw your pipes and check for damage. This is especially crucial if you suspect the freeze is in a location you can’t easily reach or see.

Prevention: The Best Strategy

The best way to deal with frozen pipes is to prevent them in the first place. Insulating your pipes, keeping your home at a consistent temperature, and even letting faucets drip slightly during cold snaps can prevent freezing. But, if Mother Nature gets the upper hand, knowing when to call a plumber is key.

Familiarize yourself with where your main water valve is. If a pipe does burst, shutting off the water quickly can minimize damage. And remember, regular inspections can identify potential freeze risks before the temperatures plummet.

Frozen pipes are a serious issue that can lead to costly repairs. While some minor freezes can be handled at home, don’t hesitate to call in the professionals for complex or inaccessible freezes.

We’re Ready to Help

If you’re dealing with the big freeze in your pipes or want to get ahead of winter woes, The Otter Guys are here to help. We’ll ensure your plumbing can stand up to the chill, keeping your home safe and dry no matter the weather outside. Please call our office for more information. We also provide other services such as ac repair, heat repair, leak detection, and more.

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