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Be Watchful for Burst Pipes This Winter

'Tis the season for frozen pipes. Bursting pipes can quickly get messy and dangerous. Most homeowners don't think of their pipes, because they are out of sight. Therefore, the signs of frozen pipes are usually the first they hear of it. Let's go over some of the signs of frozen pipes as well as prevention in order to keep yours from bursting.

The Dangers of Frozen Pipes 

Most homeowners get their first inkling of a problem when they turn on a water tap, and nothing comes out. By that time, all water movement has stopped. The pressure between the closed tap and the ice blockage builds up which can cause an explosion or bursting pipe. Frozen pipes can occur both inside and outside the home. If the pipe is inside, you'll have some serious water damage. Unfortunately, by this time it will be too late to use a GMB Page to contact a professional plumber.

You Might Have Frozen Pipes If…

It may sound like the beginning of a famous Jeff Foxworthy joke, but it's very serious. The first consideration is what part of the country in which you live. If you live in Florida or Arizona, you are not likely to encounter this particular problem. However, if you live anywhere where it gets cold, you should watch out for these signs. Pipes that are outside the house or in the attic and basement will freeze when temperatures drop below freezing. If an unpleasant odor emanates from your drain or faucet, then the blockage likely already exists. The odor has nowhere else to go but back into your kitchen or bathroom. If no water comes out of the tap, then the pipe leading to the tap is probably frozen. Finally, if you look under the sink and see frost on the pipes, then your pipes are frozen.

When you encounter signs of frozen pipes, the first thing to do is thaw them. If the pipes are on the inside, then wrap them in blazing hot cloths, or aim a hair dryer at them. The second thing to do is type in to get them to your house as soon as possible.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

Foam pipe sleeves don't cost more than 50 cents per foot. This is a lot less than the cleanup and insurance headaches from burst pipes. Insulate attics, basements, and crawl spaces. This will keep the temperature in these spaces warm enough that the pipes won't freeze. Open the cabinet doors in kitchens and bathrooms. The warm air will get to the pipes to prevent freezing. Keep the temperature in the house steady at one temperature. Pipes and people need warmth, so don't try to cut costs in winter. Also, the old standby of dripping cold water into the sinks and tub is an old standby for a reason. If there is water movement, then the pipes won't freeze. Finally, you should always have the help of Schuelke Plumbing to keep your pipes in good shape and prevent weak areas.

Be mindful of bursting pipes by keeping an eye on them and adjusting the heat to keep them warm. This will help to prevent burst pipes which can be costly and time consuming to fix. If you do notice signs of frozen pipes, call a licensed professional right away.

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Company Name: Schuelke Plumbing
Contact Person: Mary F. Turner
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Phone: (909) 343-5701
Country: United States

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