Now that the holidays are officially over it is time to start thinking about taking care of our homes once again. A major problem this time of year is frozen pipes and it is no wonder with how cold it is outside!
When water freezes, it expands. When water in a pipe freezes it exerts over 2,000 pounds per square inch of pressure which is definitely enough force to split open just about any pipe. This will not make a huge mess, but it will cause your water bill and repair bill to be incredibly high.
Fortunately for all of us there are things we can do to prevent our pipes from freezing, such as:
- Insulating any pipes that are exposed – like those in crawl spaces or that lead to outside spouts
- Open cabinet doors that contain pipes close to an outside wall. The heat from your home will help keep the cabinets warm. Be very careful about doing this if you have small children or animals that may gain access to something dangerous by doing this.
- Keep warm water dripping in pipes on especially cold nights. Moving water is less likely to freeze.
If you discover you have a frozen pipe:
- Turn off your main water supply as soon as possible.
- Call a plumber immediately. Do not try to thaw the pipe yourself. You need professional help.
- Remove or cover anything you can to protect it from water damage in case the pipe burst before help arrives.
A plumbing problem can arise at any time, but the cold weather creates an increased chance of having problems. If you think something may be “off” about your plumbing call Carmine’s as soon possible at 203-791-8089.