It was the shortest month of the year but February still seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye! We had a good month here at Metro-Flow Plumbing servicing the Dallas area with all their plumbing needs. Our team of certified, experienced and insured plumbing technicians had another fulfilling and productive month. As we’re nearing the end of our cold weather months we wanted to review a topic we have talked about before and that you all were really interested in. What to do with Frozen Pipes?
It can be a daunting experience when you discover that your pipes have frozen. Not only does this prevent normal use of the plumbing, but it can also lead to burst pipes and extensive water damage if not addressed quickly. If you are in this situation, don’t panic! Here are some tips on what to do when your pipes freeze.
Turn Off the Water Source
The most important step is to turn off the main water supply into your home as soon as possible. This will help minimize the amount of water that may be released from a burst pipe. If you are unable to shut off the main water supply, turn off the valve at each individual appliance or fixture until all valves are shut off.
This will help prevent any further damage being done by the water and could save you costly repairs down the line. Simply turn off the main valve that leads to the affected area or shut off the entire household’s water supply if necessary. Once that is done, assess what needs to be done in order to repair or replace the affected pipes and act accordingly. Finally, call a trusted plumbing technician here at Metro-Flow Plumbing for assistance with what to do next.
One of the most important aspects of preventing water damage is to turn off your home’s water source. In cases of burst pipes or a slow leak, this helps mitigate any further damage. If the weather has been extremely cold and the pipes in your home become frozen, a plumber will need to be contacted as soon as possible. This is a proactive way to avoid costly repair bills later on. It may be wise to learn how to do this beforehand if you ever find yourself in an emergency situation and need our number 214-328-7371 handy.
Thawing Your Pipes
Once the main water supply is turned off, you can begin thawing out your frozen pipes. You should start by locating any exposed pipes that may have frozen such as those near exterior walls or in an unheated basement or crawl space. Place a space heater around these areas and try to keep it at least three feet away from combustible materials like curtains or furniture.
Frozen pipes are a worrying problem that can lead to expensive damage if not properly addressed. The first thing to do when encountering what you think is a frozen pipe is to inspect the area for any signs of water leakage or any ice formations on the outside of your pipes. If there has been no leakage, try running hot water through the faucet nearest the affected pipe and slowly move away until you notice deviation in temperature or pressure. Hiring an experienced plumber will also provide more reliable and secure results as they have access to sophisticated tools like thermal imaging cameras that will prove useful in thawing frozen pipes quickly and efficiently.
Calling a Plumber
If you cannot locate where the frozen pipe is located, or if you feel uncomfortable attempting to thaw out your own pipes, call a plumber for assistance. A professional plumber will be able to identify where the frozen sections are located and take steps to thaw them out quickly and safely without causing any further damage. Once all of your pipes have been thawed out and returned back to normal, inspect for any other signs of damage such as leaks or cracks in the pipe that may need repair before using again.
When it comes to what to do with frozen pipes, calling a professional plumber should be your first step. A qualified plumber can provide assistance with thawing the pipes without causing further damage. Due to the complexity of this process, the best option is entrusting this task to an expert who knows what they are doing and possesses the right tools and skillset. You can rest assured that with the help of a professional plumber, you will save money on costly repairs or any other damages that could arise in the future.
When winter weather strikes and temperatures plummet, it’s important to keep an eye on all of your home’s plumbing systems. If the temperature drops low enough, your pipes can freeze and become blocked. Overall, it is best to call a professional plumber. They will assess what needs to be done and can quickly resolve the issue, ensuring that no further damage is caused. A plumber will also be able to advise what measures you should put in place to prevent frozen pipes in the future. Skip the DIY projects and avoid any further complications – get the job done right by calling a professional.
We hope this blog entry to wrap up the month of February was informative and helped clear up any question you had regarding frozen pipes. If it’s something simple enough we like to give tips and tricks on here but frozen pipes can be tricky. Call us as soon as you encounter them in your home and our team here at Metro-Flow Plumbing will clear them out in a jiffy. Please feel free to explore our website for all the other neat services we provide. We want your home’s plumbing system to be up to date and will work with you to make your home more energy efficient.
See you next week right here Dallas, where we will discuss more plumbing know-how on our weekly blog! From our Metro-Flow family to yours, have a great week and see you next time!