Frozen pipes are one of the worst types of plumbing problems, and the folks here at Outstanding know more than any other service company just how important it can be to avoid them. After all, frozen and, by extension burst, pipes may require some extensive repair that may even see you have to seek temporary residence somewhere else as it gets fixed.
We want to see enjoy the winter without the threat of frozen pipes in Smithtown, and our team of plumbers are here to show you how to avoid and treat them. We’re not just outstanding in name; we’re outstanding in personable customer service and a drive to ensure everything is done right.
Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips
If you want to know how to take a stand against frozen pipes, take a look at these helpful prevention tips:
- Seal Air Leaks: Even if doors and windows are closed, there is still the possibility of air leaks. Apply the heat tape to any air leaks you come across in your home. Be sure to check attics and basements as these are the most likely areas of your home where air leaks are present.
- Remove and Drain Outdoor Hoses: Close indoor valves supplying hose bibs and then drain the bibs of any water. However, keep outdoor valves open so the remaining water can expand without causing the pipe to break.
- Drain Pool and Sprinkler Water: If there is any water currently in your pool and sprinkler line, drain it before the cold air freezes it. Follow the instructions of the manufacturer to ensure draining is conducted correctly so it’s not totally frozen come the spring.
Make sure to follow these steps before the season begins so you’re not left in a last-minute scramble in the midst of winter!
What Can You Do When the Pipes Freeze?
So let’s just say your pipes do freeze or burst—what can you do then? Well, you should obviously call a professional, but there are some things you can do before they arrive:
- Shut off Water Supply: The first thing you should do before anything else is shut off the water supply. Your home’s stoptap is usually located under the kitchen sink. Turning it off will prevent water from running to any plumbing fixtures and reduce the risk of water damage.<
- Turn off Electronics: If the pipe burst occurs near any fuse box, electrical panel, or appliance, switch off electricity immediately. The most dangerous possibility is water seeping into your home which can lead to electrical fires, electrical shocks, and power outages.<
- Report Damage: Make sure to record any damage from pipe bursts for insurance claims. Taking photos of damage will you visual evidence to back up your claims. Also break out a pen and paper to take notes on the circumstances that lead pipes to burst.<
Contact Outstanding Plumbing today if you’re experiencing frozen pipes in Smithtown and we’ll gladly help you out!