Roto-Rooter offers comprehensive services for frozen pipes repair. You can trust our trained experts to provide a quality service in a timely manner. For everything from prevention to repair, we have you covered!
Frozen Pipe Prevention and Repair Services
The extreme cold combined with wind chill creates a substantial risk for burst or frozen pipes. Freezing water turns to ice within the pipe, which in turn can expand and block the line. As a result, this blockage can create excessive pressure throughout the system and cause pipe failure in vulnerable places, no matter if the pipe is made of plastic, copper, or steel. Even a tiny crack can unleash more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen water pipes can cause property damage, high repair costs, and the disruption of business.
Follow these plumbing tips to help minimize the risk of freezing pipes, and to help prevent damage and expensive repairs.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
- Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to allow heat from the room to circulate around uninsulated pipes. Allow a trickle of hot and cold water to drip overnight; however, be careful not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the extreme cold because that line might freeze.
- Insulate all pipes in unheated areas or against uninsulated outside walls, in garages, or in crawl spaces. Then, apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipes that are prone to freezing, typically exposed pipes.
- Make sure to turn on the heat and that it is no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
If You Have Frozen Pipes
- Shut off the water main leading into the structure to reduce pressure on frozen pipes and minimize flooding if the pipes burst.
- If the frozen pipe is visible and exposed, use a hair dryer to thaw the ice blockage. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipes are not visible, call in the experts at Roto-Rooter.
- If you currently notice slower water flow and expect frozen pipes, you should call a plumber immediately. Typically, we can resolve these issues before any damage occurs.