How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Just like you prepare the rest of your home for winter weather, you should also prepare your home’s plumbing to prevent freezing. Take these steps to decrease the likelihood of frozen pipes:
- Disconnect, drain, and store garden hoses.
- Blow out the sprinkler system before the first deep freeze hits.
- Insulate exposed pipes with foam pipe insulation or heat tape.
- Seal and insulate unheated parts of your home that contain plumbing such as attics, garages, and crawl spaces.
- Set your thermostat to at least 55˚F at all times, even if you’re out of town.
- Leave cabinet doors under sinks open on cold nights so that heated air can circulate around the pipes.
- On the coldest nights, run a trickle of water from any faucet located on an exterior wall.
- Run a space heater in unheated parts of your home where pipes are located to keep the temperature above 40˚.
If you weren’t able to implement these strategies in time, call Len The Plumber to thaw your frozen pipes. You can reach us 24/7 at 800-950-4619 or contact us online now!
Signs You Have a Frozen Pipe
Since you can’t see all of your pipes, it can be difficult to tell when some of them have frozen. The pipes that are most likely to freeze are usually those along exterior walls or in interior unheated spaces. Pipes running to outdoor faucets, water sprinklers, and swimming pool lines are also at risk.
Watch out for these signs that these or any other pipes have frozen:
- Temperatures below 20˚: Once temperatures fall below 20˚, the risk of frozen pipes increases greatly.
- No water coming from a faucet: If a pipe is frozen, you might experience low water pressure or a complete lack of water from a faucet.
- Frost on outside of pipes: If the frozen pipe is in a visible location, you should be able to see frost on it. Frost is a good indicator for where you should work to thaw the pipe.
- Unusual sounds or odors: Water expands when it freezes and puts pressure on your pipes, which can cause strange sounds in your plumbing. If ice blocks a sewer line, gases may travel back into your home and cause foul odors.
Have you noticed any of the signs above during cold weather? If so, call Len The Plumber at 800-950-4619 or contact us online for frozen pipe repair in Burlington County and Camden County, NJ.
What to Do If You Have a Frozen Pipe
A frozen pipe requires immediate attention to prevent bursting and flooding. First, call Len The Plumber at 800-950-4619 and request frozen pipe repair. A skilled technician will soon be on their way!
While you’re waiting for our technician, follow these steps to start the process:
- Leave the affected faucet open to help prevent pressure from building up.
- Turn off the water to the house at the main water shut-off valve. If the pipe does burst, this will prevent excessive water damage.
- Begin thawing the pipe. The easiest method is to apply heat from a hair dryer or space heater to an exposed pipe. Start on the faucet side and work your way down toward the icy blockage.
- If the frozen pipe is located behind a wall, turn up the thermostat and apply heat from an infrared lamp.
Once your friendly plumber arrives, they’ll be able to take over with specialized tools. We’ll quickly finish the thawing job, being careful to minimize damage to your pipes.
Choose Len The Plumber for Frozen Pipe Repair in Burlington County & Camden County, NJ
Through 25 years of providing high-quality plumbing service and handling every plumbing emergency imaginable, Len The Plumber has earned a reputation as a leading plumbing company in Burlington County and Camden County. We offer 24/7 emergency plumbing service and never charge extra for calls on nights, weekends, or holidays – all so we can be there when you need us! When you choose Len The Plumber for plumbing repairs, you can expect:
- 24/7 emergency service at no extra cost
- Flexible financing options, with approved credit
- Upfront pricing with no surprise fees
- Fully licensed, insured, and bonded plumbers who treat you and your home with respect
- The highest-quality workmanship and solutions!
If you have a frozen pipe, we’ll be there soon to quickly thaw it out and minimize the damage to your plumbing. Our friendly plumbers will also help you implement strategies to winterize your plumbing and prevent frozen pipes in the future. There’s no better choice for frozen pipe repair than Len The Plumber – guaranteed!
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