What to Do When Your Pipes Freeze
It’s getting to be that time of year again—winter is the time for catching snowflakes on your tongue, building the perfect snowman, and sledding down a hill. What’s not a fun wintertime activity? Dealing with a frozen water pipe in your home.
A major maintenance concern, frozen pipes can crack and spew water, burst, and cause severe structural damage. Although prevention is key, frozen water pipe emergencies can and do happen this time of year. The first step when dealing with a frozen water pipe is DON’T PANIC. But because frozen pipes can be volatile, your second step should be to contact Pohlman Plumbing immediately for water line inspection or repair in the Greater Baltimore area.
The professionals at Pohlman Plumbing are available 24/7 to assist with frozen pipes, repair, installation and more. Call 443-961-2886 today for assistance.
Why Frozen Pipes Are a Plumbing Emergency
If you’ve ever put a can of soda in the freezer and forgot about it, you surely have discovered one of water’s unique properties; it expands when it is frozen. An exploded can of soda can be annoying to clean from the freezer, but a burst pipe can spell disaster for your home. When water in a pipe freezes and expands, it can put tremendous pressure between the faucet and the blockage. This pressure can build up to a point where the pipe cracks or even bursts. Frozen pipes are more than just an inconvenient loss of running water; left untreated, a burst pipe can result in costly damage to your home.
For a frozen pipe emergency in the Greater Baltimore Area, call the experts at Pohlman Plumbing 24/7 at 443-961-2886.
How to Tell If Your Pipes Are Frozen
Early detection of a frozen pipe is essential for reducing the likelihood of damage. Here are some clues to determining if your pipes are frozen:
- Turning on a faucet but no water comes out
- Toilet bowl doesn’t refill after flushing
- The outside temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower
- There is frost on the pipe
- Pipes are bulging from excess pressure
- Strange odors coming from a faucet or drain
If one or more of these signs are present and you suspect your pipes are frozen, shut off your main water supply and call the experts at Pohlman Plumbing right away to prevent further damage to the pipe or your property.
Leave Thawing a Frozen Pipe to the Professionals
One of the most common homeowners insurance claims is water damage from bursting pipes. With the average claim cost around $5,000, calling a professional is the best way to ensure the problem is taken care of promptly and correctly. Many homeowners are temped to thaw the pipes themselves, but this can make the problem significantly worse. Frozen water acts as a plug in a pipe, and if thawed incorrectly, can cause water to spill out the cracks in your pipes. Improper heating procedures, such as using an open flame, can spark a fire or result in electrical shock. If you have a frozen water pipe in your home, calling a professional can save you from a costly DIY fail!
The professionals at Pohlman Plumbing have years of experience fixing and thawing frozen pipes. Contact us now to ensure the job is done right!
Tips to Keep Pipes from Freezing
Before the cold weather sets in, here are a few actions you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing:
- Remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses
- Have your plumber install specific products made to insulate water pipes
- Leave cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate near the pipes
- Run faucets at a very slow dip to alleviate pressure from freezes
- Maintain a consistent temperature on the thermostat- even when on vacation
- Caulk and seal any holes or cracks in walls or foundation near pipes
- Identify where your shutoff valve is located to shut off water ASAP if a pipe bursts
Prevention could save you thousands of dollars. Call Pohlman Plumbing today to schedule a plumbing inspection for your home! Service areas include Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Howard County, Prince George’s County, and Washington, DC.