When cold weather threatens your home’s plumbing pipes, you’ll want to be sure that you are checking the water supply in your home to prevent your pipes from freezing or even bursting. Here at Complete Plumbing and Rooter, we have some tips for you that could help you to avoid having your pipes freeze or burst. Also, we have come up with a list of ways in which you can tell if you need to call a plumber for help with your plumbing pipes.
How To Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing
- Keep a slow trickle of water running through your faucet if temperatures are going to be particularly cold.
- Open the cabinet that contains your pipes or a crawl space door in order to allow warmer air to reach the pipes. You may even want to run a space-heater in front of the pipes.
- Make sure that all of your garden hoses are disconnected and that you have covers over all of your outdoor faucets.
- Don’t set your thermometer to lower than 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
- You can wrap your pipes near exterior walls with pipe insulation.
- Consider sealing the windows in your basement.
- If you don’t need the water supply to a certain plumbing appliance, consider shutting off the water valve to that appliance.
How To Monitor Pipes That Have Frozen
You can tell if a pipe is freezing by a reduced waterflow from your faucets.
Check the waterflow from your faucets when you wake up and before you go to bed.
If you’re experiencing low water pressure, this is definitely when you’ll want to leave a slow trickle of water running.
If a pipe has frozen and you cannot get any waterflow from your faucet, you should get a lighter, space heater, or a blow dryer to apply heat directly to the pipe.
Heat water on the stove and soak towels in the hot water, then wrap the towels around the coldest section of the pipes in order to help them thaw.
When To Call A Plumber
If all of your precautions have not paid off, and if you cannot get water to flow from your faucet, even after the aforementioned tips, it’s time to call a plumber.
If a pipe bursts, shut off the main water valve until a plumber can arrive.
If the pipe that burst is your hot water pipe, you should close the valve that is on top of your hot water heater.
If you are dealing with freezing or bursting pipes due to cold weather, call your local, trusted plumber in Chino at Complete Plumbing and Rooter. We offer emergency plumbing services for all of your unexpected plumbing emergencies.