Winter weather can give homeowners a headache and cause a whole host of problems. From shoveling snow to de-icing walkways, there are extra steps homeowners must take in the winter to care for their property. Another potential headache that can occur is frozen pipes, and this can be a big problem. In this blog, we review some of the big warning signs of frozen pipes, and what to do if you suspect your pipes have frozen.
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Things that cause pipes to freeze
Temperatures often drop below freezing in the winter, particularly at night. Water that is left sitting in the pipes after use can freeze, causing it to expand. Because pipes contain limited space, the expanding water puts enormous pressure on them and can cause them to burst.
Warning signs of frozen pipes
If you are concerned that your pipes might freeze this winter, here are some signs you can look out for. If you notice any of these, you should call us to have one of our professional plumbers intervene before the pipe bursts.
- Low or no running water: If you turn on your faucet and nothing comes out—or the water pressure is significantly lower than usual—the pipe leading to that faucet could be frozen or have even burst.
- Frost on the pipes: If you can visibly see frost on an exposed pipe, it is an indication that your pipe is frozen.
- Strange odors: If a pipe is frozen, it can cause a blockage, which can also cause your drains to start backing up. This backup can then cause an odd odor, alerting you to a possible problem.
Things to do if your pipes freeze
If you have a frozen pipe, you should call a professional for help to resolve the issue before using the water source. In the meantime, turn off the main water supply and turn on the faucet. This will help reduce the pressure in the pipe and decrease the likelihood of rupture.
Contact us today
If you notice any of these signs and think your pipes may be frozen or may have burst, call Reimer Home Services right away to schedule a technician to come and assist you. We even offer 24/7 service for emergencies. You can also use our online contact form, and we will respond as soon as possible.