Think frozen pipes are nothing to worry about in Dallas, Texas? Because of the fact that temperatures don’t usually dip below freezing, pipes in warmer climates are often located in areas that are not well insulated. For this reason, it is not uncommon for pipes to be more vulnerable in the event that temperatures do reach freezing. Keep reading to find out how to keep your pipes in tact during the winter months.
Why you should care:
One of the main reasons to be diligent with keeping an eye on the safety of your pipes is simple: frozen pipes cannot perform their intended function. This means, in the event your pipes do happen to freeze over, having access to running water will be difficult or impossible. Another aspect to consider is the fact that frozen pipes are susceptible to burst, causing unnecessary – and often costly – damage to your home and belongings.
With proper proactive measures, you can rest easy knowing your pipes have a lower risk of being damaged as the result of a freeze. One such measure is adding insulation to areas that need it and making sure to repair any cracks in walls near pipes to prevent cold air leaking in. Allowing heat to properly circulate throughout the home is also essential. Be sure to keep all interior doors open whenever possible, including any cabinet doors that contain pipes. Also make sure crawl spaces are not deprived of your home’s heat. In addition, it is important to always keep the heat on during colder months, even if you and your family will not be occupying the space for a period of time.
Signs of a frozen pipe:
One of the more obvious signs of a frozen pipe is a strange smell coming from the suspected pipe. Another obvious sign is the fact that there is not any water coming from the pipe. The exterior of a frozen pipe will also be visibly frosty.
What to do next if you’ve noticed signs of or experienced damage from a frozen pipe:
It is important to respond as quickly as possible to warm the pipe before it bursts. This can be done simply with warm rags if the pipe is easily accessible. If the pipe is not easily accessible, you will have to call a plumber in order to properly thaw the pipe and assess any damage.
If you suspect that you may have a frozen pipe on your hands or need help dealing with the aftermath of a burst pipe, give Rodger’s Plumbing a call at 972-931-1021! We’ll give you the help you need!