We’re in the heavy winter season here in Utah, and that means a few things for homeowners. Within the realm of plumbing, it means this is the most important time of year to be on the lookout for frozen pipes.
At All Hours Plumbing, Heating & Air, our residential and commercial plumbing services include helping you prepare for winter to avoid even the smallest risk of your pipes freezing. Let’s look at why pipes freeze in the first place, which of your pipes might be at the greatest risk, and what you can do if you do find a frozen pipe in your home’s plumbing system.
Frozen pipes generally appear based on the simple physics of moisture: When water reaches a certain level of cool temperature, it freezes and begins to expand. Have you ever tried putting a full water bottle in the freezer, only for it to explode? This expansion is why.
And as water expands within pipes as it freezes, it puts lots of pressure on them. This pressure can lead to cracks or even bursting pipes in many cases, which are a major hassle and cost you significant sums to repair.
The pipes you should be most concerned about when it comes to freezing are those exposed to the outdoors. Pipes that run to your sprinklers or any pool supplies, for instance, are susceptible to colder temperatures than most others. This theme, though, can even extend to kitchen cabinets that are attached to exterior walls. Any unheated area of the home may also be a risk – areas like basements and crawl spaces are some of the most common locations for frozen pipes.
If you have found frozen pipes anywhere in your home, here are some basic things to do and not do:
For more on what to do if you experience frozen pipes, or to learn about any of our plumbing or HVAC services, speak to the staff at All Hours Plumbing, Heating & Air today.
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