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What you need to know about frozen pipes

Posted on: January 7, 2014

Are you worried about frozen pipes?

This winter, the DC metro area has seen record low temperatures, and one thing on the minds of many people in our area is their water pipes. We’ve had numerous calls the last few weeks asking about frozen pipes, so we’d like to take a moment to share some helpful information about how to prevent and defrost your pipes and what to do if they burst.

If you need burst pipe repair in Montgomery County, MD or NW DC, call the experts at James A. Wheat & Sons today at 240-399-5051240-399-5051—or fill out the form to the right.

How to Prevent & Defrost Frozen Pipes

At James A. Wheat & Sons, we don’t generally fix frozen water lines because all they really need to do is thaw out. In many cases, your pipes will thaw and there will be no damage, in which case, you’re good to go. However, if the pipe bursts or you experience flooding, you should give us a call right away for repairs!

If your pipes are frozen (or are in danger of freezing), you should turn the water off to your home any time you’re leaving for an extended period of time. If a pipe thaws and bursts, and you’re not home to cut the water off, there is going to be major flood damage.

Unfortunately, people don’t usually realize that their pipes have burst until they thaw and flooding begins. When that happens, you should give us a call—we can fix your frozen water lines or pipes that have burst.

If you want to thaw your frozen pipes, here’s what you can do:

  • Set up a hair dryer to blow on the frozen pipe or under vanity/toilet—wherever you have access to the frozen pipes
  • Turn water off the water—especially if you’re leaving home
  • Make sure you know where main shut off valve is and that it works

There are also a couple ways you can help prevent frozen pipes:

 

  • Turning on faucets to a steady drip
  • Keeping the heat on in the house
  • Insulating your pipes

If you end up with frozen water lines, you should find out why your house is allowing cold air into the space where water lines are run—and we can help with that, just give us a call or contact us online!

 

Heating System Not Keeping Up?

We have also been getting a lot of calls about heating systems that aren’t keeping homes warm during these extremely cold temperatures—but did you know that furnaces and heating systems in the Washington, DC metro area were designed and sized for ~30 degree temperatures? Check out this blog post: Heating Systems Not Keeping Up with These Cold Temperatures?