Frozen pipes aren’t good. During the winter, unless you take certain precautions, your pipes will likely freeze.
Why are frozen pipes bad?
The answer to this question may seem obvious, but here we will spell it out for you.
Frozen pipes can do a lot of damage to your property and your pipeline. Not only that, but frozen pipes also means you won’t be able to use running water. Running water is essential for washing dishes, doing laundry, taking showers, and washing hands, among many other things. If your home is deprived of its running water, you will soon notice.
Another reason why frozen pipes are bad and potentially dangerous is that a frozen pipe tends to burst. When the pressure within a frozen pipe builds up enough, the pipe will burst outward. This can be dangerous if someone happens to be around when it happens, and it can also cause the ground around to be very slippery.
It is best to find any frozen pipes before they burst. Once a pipe has burst, you will have to pay to replace it, which can get expensive. If your pipes have frozen but haven’t yet burst, there are things that can be done to defrost pipes and prevent bursting.
Here are some signs that you have a frozen pipe:
Water can’t get through a frozen area, so having frozen pipes means that your running water will stop working or almost stop working. This applies to pipes that lead to faucets and other areas where you would notice the lack of running water. Frozen pipes that don’t lead directly to a visible faucet may be more difficult to detect.
If water can no longer move through pipes because of a frozen blockage, smells may move back up into your home. If bad smells are coming up through your pipes, you should have them inspected.
Pipes that are visible may develop frost. Pipes running through your basement or attic or located underneath sinks may be visible and so it may be easier to tell if these pipes are frozen or not. Not all frozen pipes will develop outside frost, so don’t let that be the deciding factor.
If you notice any of these signs, call Tacoma Plumbing for an inspection. The sooner frozen pipes are found, the less likely you are to be stuck with a big bill.
One of the biggest questions most homeowners have when faced with a frozen pipe is: How much will it cost to fix it?
The answer to this depends on the specific situation. There are a few factors that will help determine how expensive defrosting or replacing a pipe will be. Some of these factors are:
If the pipe is located somewhere easy to access, like beneath the kitchen sink, then fixing it will be much easier and cheaper than if the pipe is buried deep underground or is set within the walls of your home.
If only a small section of the pipe is frozen, this will be easier to fix than if a large section needs attention.
Plumbing companies charge different rates when it comes to defrosting frozen pipes. You know you’ll be getting a good deal when you hire Tacoma Plumbing because it’s our goal to help you as best we can for as affordably as possible.
Simply thawing a pipe will be much cheaper than paying to replace a section of the pipeline. It’s important to catch frozen pipes before they burst to avoid a large bill. Thawing pipes are also much less labor-intensive than replacing pipes, so a service charge from a plumber will be much lower.
There are different ways to thaw a frozen pipe. Depending on the location of the pipe, you may be able to thaw your pipes yourself. If the pipe is easily accessible and not too extensive, you can just use a hairdryer, hot towels, or a portable heater. When thawing pipes, make sure to always open the faucet (such as the kitchen sink faucets) when applicable and then work your way from the faucet outwards. This will give the now unfrozen water a place to go. If you work your way from the blockage towards the faucet, the unfrozen water will have no place to go and may end up causing the pipe to burst.
If the frozen pipe is in a place not easily accessible, such as underground or behind a wall, then you should call a professional plumber, like Tacoma Plumbing, to help you out. At Tacoma Plumbing, we know lots of tricks to safely and quickly defrost your frozen pipes. Once we’ve defrosted your pipes safely, we will quickly repair any damage already done. This will lessen the damage to surrounding areas like walls, ceilings, and floors.
If defrosted incorrectly, your pipes are likely to burst. Burst pipes will cause a lot of problems and will then need to be replaced. Replacing pipes can be expensive, depending on the type of pipe and the location. It is always best to catch and defrost frozen pipes before they burst, to save both your property and your bank account.
Of course, it’s best to simply avoid frozen pipes altogether. Here are some tips for preventing your pipes from freezing:
None of these tips guarantees that your pipes won’t freeze, but they will help to prevent it.
If you think you may have frozen pipes, call Tacoma Plumbing today. If your pipes are frozen, then swift action needs to be taken to avoid having a pipe burst and causing a lot of unnecessary damage. Tacoma Plumbing has been dealing with frozen pipes since 1992 and knows exactly how to help you in any situation.