Winter Is Here
Prepare Your Pipes Before They Freeze
As temperatures drop, the risk of frozen pipes increases, potentially causing extensive damage to your plumbing system. But fret not! We’ve got you covered with essential tips to prepare for winter and prevent frozen pipes.
If prevention isn’t possible, Balanced Plumbing has the tools and expertise to repair and replace frozen and damaged pipes to ensure your water is flowing this winter.
How To Prepare Your Plumbing For Winter
Insulate Exposed Pipes
Wrap pipes in insulation sleeves or use heat tape.
Focus on areas with minimal insulation, such as attics, basements, and crawl spaces.
Seal Cracks & Gaps
Check for gaps and seal them with caulk or insulation.
Inspect doors and windows for drafts that could chill nearby pipes.
Keep Consistent Temps
Maintain a consistent temperature, even when away, by setting your thermostat no lower than 55°F.
Cold temps allow the water in the pipes to freeze and expand.
Balanced Plumbing Is DeKalb & Kane County's EXPERT In Winter Plumbing
Whether you’re prepping for the winter, or the water is already flowing from a broken pipe – Balanced Plumbing has you covered. We’ve got the tools, knowledge, and experience to ensure your plumbing is ready for the winter, and your water is flowing throughout the cold months.
Know Your Risk: Pipes Freeze & Burst
Water expands when it freezes. Exposure to temperatures at or below 20 degrees F can cause exposed pipes to freeze. In pipes, the expansion can cause ruptures. The damage often occurs not at the point where a pipe has frozen, but between the freeze and a faucet. As the ice blocks the pipe completely and expands, the water pressure in the pipe increases. Too much pressure will cause a broken pipe.
Signs Your Pipes Are Frozen
Low Water Pressure
If water trickles instead of flowing, it may indicate a frozen pipe.
Frozen pipes can cause a lack of drainage, leading to unpleasant odors.
Frost On Pipes
Visual signs like frost on pipes are clear indicators of potential freezing.
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What To Do If Your Pipes Are Frozen
Preventing frozen pipes is key to a worry-free winter. By following these simple tips, you can safeguard your home from potential plumbing disasters. If you encounter any issues or need professional assistance, don’t hesitate to call Balanced Plumbing – we’re here to ensure your pipes stay cozy and functional all season long. Stay warm and worry-free with our reliable plumbing services!
Turn Your Water OFF
Shut off the main water supply to prevent further damage.
Thaw Pipes Safely
Use a hairdryer or warm towels to thaw pipes gradually.
Call Balanced Plumbing
If you can’t thaw the pipes or if there’s a burst, call us immediately.