How to Prevent Frozen Pipes Next Winter

Although Spring is already in the air, you might be still dealing with the aftermath of a frozen pipe. Frozen pipes can burst and cause a lot of damage to your home and property. So when the weather turns cold again next winter, how can you prevent frozen pipes? We specialize in plumbing repair in Byron, and we have a few recommendations on the steps you can take to keep your pipes from bursting next winter.

Prevention

When the water in a pipe freezes, it expands and puts pressure on the pipe. The pipe can then crack or burst and send water gushing into your home. The pipes that tend to freeze the fastest and most often and are most in need of plumbing repair are the ones that are exposed to severe cold and freezing temperatures: pipes in unheated interior spaces, like your basement, attic, kitchen cabinets or crawl spaces.

Before the cold weather hits, there are a few things you can do to try to avoid this plumbing repair problem. You should always be sure to insulate the pipes that are in the unheated portions of your home. Hot and cold water pipes should be insulated. If you need help with this or if you have any questions, you can give us a call and we can help.

You can also open your kitchen and bathroom cabinets when it’s cold out. That will keep the warmer air circulating through them and could help keep them from freezing and needing plumbing repair. You can also let water trickle out of the faucet. Keeping running water in the pipes is also a good way to help prevent freezing.

Thawing a Frozen Pipe

When you turn your water on and only a trickle comes out, even if the faucet is all the way on, that is a good sign that you are dealing with a frozen pipe. In order to prevent the need for plumbing repair, leave the faucet running and apply heat to the section of the pipe that is frozen. You can use an electric hair dryer, but be sure to keep an eye on it and never leave it unattended.

However, the best and safest way to thaw a frozen pipe is to call us for help. We can carefully thaw the pipe before it bursts and causes even more of a problem for you.

So if you need plumbing repair in Byron, call Gander Plumbing at 507-282-7540 or contact s to Schedule an Appointment.

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