As the winter months roll in and the coldest time of the year is now upon us, frozen pipes quickly become a larger concern. This is one of the easiest ways to run up a huge plumbing bill, and could create issues that linger in your home for a lengthy period of time.
At Action Plumbing, we’re on call at all hours of the day to assist with these kinds of emergency plumbing needs. Our certified technicians are ready to serve you. But what can you do at home to guard against frozen pipes so you don’t have an emergency on your hands? Here are a few basic tips.
Check Water Flow
One of the first possible signs of pipes beginning to freeze is an overall reduction in water flow in the home. If you’re worried this might be happening, try turning off all the faucets and isolating flow to a single source. If you’re still having issues getting full pressure, there’s a chance frozen pipes are the reason. Toilets struggling to flush could also be a sign.
You can also glean some information from listening to your sink as it runs. Frozen plumbing vents may cause a gurgling sound as water drains — another telltale sign.
Keep your house warm. It may seem obvious to most, but you’d be surprised how often people think of the home itself and the home’s pipes as two separate species. Sure, they’re different, but they both exist in the same temperature environment, and your pipes won’t magically stay warm if you leave on vacation and don’t bother to warm your house.
In general, you’ll want to keep indoor temperatures at 55 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. If you’re leaving for a long period, open up cabinet doors under the sink for circulation, and make sure you close your garage doors and space vents.
Monitor Pipes and Drainage
Especially if you live in a very cold place, your pipes’ drainage can signal freezing taking place, often through icy or slushy runoff. You might also see more outside debris like food or grease, since we tend to spend more time inside during colder months of the year.
Additionally, you’ll want to check pipes that are in colder or more remote areas of the house to make sure they aren’t showing any of these signs. Pipes in the basement or any crawl spaces are the usual candidates here, as they’ll be the first to freeze.
These are great general tips, but for these and other plumbing issues, you may need an experienced technician. Action Plumbing is a leader in plumbing repair and other services, and we’re ready to serve you the moment you need us.