Even as we transition to spring weather, it’s important to remember that cold snaps are common in the Marion area. It’s easy to forget about protecting our plumbing when the air gets warmer, and it’s even easier to be caught off-guard by frozen pipes.
When a cold front rolls in, the best way to protect against frozen pipes is to be prepared in the first place. Take the following precautions to protect your pipes against cracks and bursts due to severe weather:
While this can seem frustrating, it is much cheaper to pay for a bit of dripped water than a burst pipe (and the accompanying 250 gallons of water that can escape in a single day).
If you have small spaces under cabinets near your pipes that could use some repair, try to seal them or cover them to keep cold air away from exposed piping.
It can be difficult for the warm air circulating in your home to reach pipes that are hidden away behind cabinet doors. Keep cabinet doors open to give your pipes a little extra warmth.
Similar to allowing warm air to reach your under-cabinet pipes, keeping the heat on in your home can protect your piping system. If you have a space heater, you could leave it nearby while adhering to the safety restrictions.
Adding a bit more insulation to exposed pipes, if possible, is a great way to help prevent cold air from taking over.
Think a pipe in your home might be frozen or already burst? These warning signs are good indicators that some damage has already been done.
If there is no water coming from an open faucet (or you’re only seeing a weak trickle), it means one of your pipes is likely blocked by ice.
If the outside of an exposed pipe is icy or has condensation on it, that likely means the inside is frozen. You’ll most likely see this issue on pipes that are underneath floors, in the basement, or near exposed walls.
Your sewer lines can freeze just as easily as water pipes. If you’re noticing an unpleasant smell, you could be facing a frozen sewer line.
This could be from pieces of ice flowing through your pipes. However, these noises don’t always mean you’re in the clear, and you’ll want to call in a professional.
If your pipe is cracked and not leaking, there could still be ice blocking the water. However, when it thaws, water will begin to come through the leaking pipe, possibly causing it to burst.
These are all signs of potentially burst pipes.
If you’re noticing any of these issues, call a professional immediately. While a frozen or burst pipe might already be present, there’s still time to prevent further damages to your home.
It is unwise to try to fix these issues on your own. DIY methods can lead to significantly more damage, especially if you utilize an open flame for thawing or don’t have the knowledge you need to correctly repair a pipe. Calling in a team of dedicated professionals is your most cost-effective and long-term fix.
Let Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling take the pressure off of you and your home’s pipes. We’ve seen it all, and we know the best ways to care for your home so you can get back to caring for your family. And with our emergency services, you can speak with a skilled technician at any hour of the day or night—because plumbing issues don’t wait until morning.
In Marion, frozen pipes are a common issue, one that should be taken care of quickly and efficiently.
If frozen pipes have caused your pipes to burst or become damaged in any way, Summers Plumbing Heating & Cooling has the know-how you need to repair and replace piping at a cost-effective rate. We have more than 40 years of experience in all kinds of plumbing issues and can provide the service you deserve at a price you can afford.