At 20 degrees and below, your plumbing is at risk of freezing. If you are experiencing burst plumbing pipes, give us a call today as you will need a professional to fix this. The good news is, there are inexpensive measures that you can take to prevent this. Here are a few things to be aware of, as well as tips to avoid freezing.
Things to Keep in Mind
- Pipes are likely to freeze if they are improperly insulated.
- Exposed pipes under cabinets, in poorly insulated walls, and under the home could freeze, leading to cracked pipes.
- There are many products available on the market for insulating and protecting exposed plumbing. These include foam wraps, insulation tapes, insulation coatings, and pipe heating cables.
- If you will be leaving your home for an extended period, during the winter months, set the heat in the house to no lower than 50 degrees to keep cabinet pipes warm.
- When in doubt, wrap it out. Use a foam wrap to insulate the pipe.
- Running water doesn’t freeze easily, so leaving the faucet slightly on in desperate situations may help prevent freezing.
- If you have exterior faucets, shut the water off in the house, disconnect your hoses and store them, drain the faucet until it stops running, then shut it off. Finally, place an insulation cover over the faucet.
- If you do not have an internal shut off valve, at least make sure the faucet doesn’t drip.
- If you live in a consistently cold climate, it might be a good investment to get some heated core wire and run it around your plumbing to ensure warm plumbing all winter long.
There are many types of insulation to choose from, each with different uses. Two of these are foam tubes and spray-on foam. Foam tubes are the best option when it comes to price. At around a few dollars, they’re a great quick fix to ensure warm plumbing in open areas, such as in walls and under cabinets and floor joists. If your plumbing goes into an exposed exterior section of the house, sealing all the gaps around the pipe with foam spray will ensure that wind chill and snow don’t freeze that section.
In the event that you find your plumbing has already frozen, you may be able to fix it yourself with a few simple tricks. You can melt the frozen water with an area heater, a hair dryer, or a heat lamp. Simply apply heat to the pipe to melt the water. Do not use anything with an open flame to heat them, however, as you may melt the plastic or copper pipe solder, causing expensive damages.
When to Hire a Plumber
If you find that nothing you do seems to prevent your plumbing from freezing, chances are you might have plumbing in an area you cannot get to easily that may have been cracked, damaged or lacking insulation. You may have to tear into a wall, floor, or ceiling to get to it. It may need to be re-insulated or replaced. This needs to be done by a professional local plumber in your area. If you are in the Mt. Juliet or Lebanon, TN areas, then we can assist you 24-hours a day.