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Steps to Take if Your Pipes Freeze

Frozen Pipes

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Winter is far from over. Are you surviving all the snow? Is it possible you have frozen pipes? While it’s cold, you may be tempted to stay inside and leave any restoration services until after the winter weather leaves. By the time warmer weather hits, though, the damage may be vast. If you have any reason to think you might have frozen pipes, follow these steps.

Locate The Frozen Pipes and Thaw Them

Most likely you’ll find the frozen section of your pipe in an exposed area, ones that lead outside or along a wall. Pipes will be blocked with ice and you’ll need to get the ice out to keep them running. Locate any faucets that are connected to the frozen pipe and open them up. Then use hot water or an electric heating device to thaw the frozen area and allow the ice to melt and run out of the faucets.

Check Your Faucets

Once you’ve found one frozen pipe, you’ll probably find more. Don’t stop your search because you think you’ve found the problem. You’ll know there are more frozen pipes if any of your faucets are no longer running. Once you’ve taken care of all of your frozen pipes, let all of your faucets drip slightly to keep them from re-freezing.

Check For Damage

Frozen pipes can often cause damage. The ice will expand and cause the pipes to expand and sometimes crack. While frozen, the pipes will keep the ice inside and prevent further damage. But once things start to heat up, you may have leaks inside your home. Always check for further damage beyond the ice to prevent water damage or broken pipes.

Call a Restoration Service

All of the above can be done on your own, but when in doubt call a restoration service. A professional can locate any frozen or leaking pipe quickly and can repair the damage. If left too long, you risk the possibility of more damage.

Frozen pipes may seem like a common occurrence during the winter, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be taken care of quickly and efficiently. If you encounter any frozen pipes or other water damage, call us at Kelley Klean. We are a full-service restoration company with a lot of experience in frozen pipe damage, as well as overall water damage. To learn more about us or to get an estimate, call today at 1-877-604-STOP or 573-214-0990.

How To Winterize Your Plumbing and Pipes

 

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Living in Missouri means dealing with winter. While you may enjoy looking at and playing in the snow, winter comes with some cold temperatures. Those cold temperatures not only mean you need to bundle up and stay warm but so does your plumbing. In other words, your plumbing and pipes need winterization. Winterization help prevent your plumbing pipes from freezing. Freezing pipes can lead to leaks and breaks in the home. Following these simple steps will help with flood prevention in your home during the winter.

Insulate Your Pipes

The best way to keep your pipes warm is to insulate them. Insulating your pipes is simple. You will first need to buy thick insulation (found at your local hardware store or online). After purchasing the insulation, you will want to wrap the insulation around your pipes. Try wrapping heat tape around your pipes before adding the insulation for better results. Like any other do-it-yourself project, be sure to read any manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the best and safest results.

Fix Exterior Cracks

Exterior cracks allow more cold air to enter your house. The more cold air that fills your home, the more likely it is that a pipe will freeze and burst. To prevent air from getting in through cracks, you will need to locate and fix any exterior cracks. All you have to do to fix a crack is fill it with caulk or spray insulation.

Let Your Faucets Drip

Pipes during the winter month are more likely to freeze and burst at night when the outside temperature drops below freezing. Allowing your faucets to drip a little at night will help keep them from freezing and bursting. The little water that goes through your pipes when dripping is enough to keep your pipes warm.

Open Up Your Cabinets

If your pipes are close to an exterior wall, then they are more likely to freeze. Since exterior pipes receive a little extra cold air flow, they will be the first plumbing pipes to freeze and burst. To prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting, simply open up any cabinets underneath the sink. Opening up your cabinets allows for more warm air to reach your pipes and keep them from freezing.

Insulate Garage Doors, Crawl Space, and Basement Windows

Cold air loves to enter your home through any little crack it can find. A couple of places to look at are your garage door, crawl space, and basement window (if applicable). Any little air pocket in these places will allow cold air to get to your pipes. If too much cold air gets to your pipes, they will freeze. Prevent any air pockets in your garage door, crawl space, and basement windows by adding insulation.

My Pipes Froze and Burst…What To Do?

You can winterize your plumbing pipes and hope they will not freeze and burst, but this isn’t always the case. If you have a flooding problem due to a burst pipe, then call Kelley Klean. Kelley Klean will come out and fix any water damage you may have. Contact Kelley Klean today!