Frozen pipes are a big problem for homeowners. Not only do they cut off the supply of running water in the house, but they have the potential to burst once they thaw. The water inside the pipes expands as it freezes. This puts pressure on the pipes, creating cracks. In order to prevent these cracks from flooding your house, it is important to thaw frozen pipes when the water supply is turned off. Pipes can be thawed using heat lamps, space heaters or blow dryers. If the pipe is under the house, a plumber such as Lasiter and Lasiter Plumbing can be called in. Regardless, it is important to catch frozen pipes before they have a chance to thaw on their own.
Do You Have Frozen Pipes?
Certain pipes are more likely than others to freeze. Pipes that are along the outside wall of the house, or in the attic or basement have higher risks of freezing than pipes inside the house. Also, homes in warmer climates are more likely to have frozen pipes in an unexpected cold snap. This is because the pipes are not well insulated against the cold. Here are some signs to look for to tell if you have a frozen pipe.
It’s Freezing Outside
It has to be below freezing in order for water pipes to freeze.
If the pipes under your cabinets have frost on them it is likely they are frozen inside.
If the pipes are frozen, you won’t be able to get any water out of the faucet.
If you suspect that your pipes are frozen, contact Lasiter and Lasiter Plumbing at (817) 589-1678. We offer services to repair your pipes and sewer lines, as well detect any leaks under your house that may be the result of a frozen pipe. Let us take care of your plumbing this winter.