Winter Pipe Precautions
COLD TEMPERATURES HARSH EFFECTS ON RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL PLUMBING SYSTEMS.
Frozen water pipes are among the most common plumbing problems we see this time of year. When water freezes, it expands causing pipes to burst. Once the weather turns, water in the pipes melt leaving fissures and cracks where water can leak, thereby producing major damage. Damage to carpets, drywall, furniture, electrical wiring, floor joints, as well growth of mold and mildew can cause big dollar repairs to home and business owners.
Tips to Prevent Pipes from Freezing
Water Pipes in attics, basements, running through non-insulated walls, as well as pipes located on the exterior of buildings are at the greatest risk. Here are a couple things that you can do to help prevent pipes from freezing:
- Leaving the water running during the coldest days/nights can help to prevent blockages from cropping up.
- Adding insulation to walls, attics, and basements can help prevent freezing.
- Wrapping pipes with pipe insulation can prevent future issues.
- If you have pipes that are frozen but not burst yet, wrapping them with a De-Icing Cable from your local hardware store can thaw blockages and prevent bursting.
What to Do if Your Pipes Freeze or Burst
If your pipe has burst, or you are experiencing blockage of your water line turn your water off at the meter and call Harts Services now! We will get a certified technician out to diagnose the problem before it turns into a major repair. We can also inspect your plumbing today, before any issues arise to help create a mitigation plan to prevent future problems from occurring before they do.
We are open for emergency service 24/7! If you have a concern about your sewer lines, water pipes, or any other plumbing concerns don’t hesitate to call us at Harts Services!
Contact Harts Services today for any of your Plumbing and HVAC needs in Tacoma and surrounding communities!