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During the winter, a number of plumbing problems can develop. A drastic change in temperature can impact the exposed pipes of a plumbing system and result in frozen pipes. Your pipes can eventually burst and cause a great deal of damage to your plumbing as well as to the interior of your home. Many homeowners are faced with plumbing repairs every winter, but you can avoid such problems with proper preventive maintenance.
How NOT to Fix Frozen Pipes
In the Northeast frozen pipes are common in the wintertime. If your pipes do freeze, you want to check and see if a pipe has burst or cracked. Many property owners were taught that it is acceptable to thaw frozen pipes with a flame or even a blow dryer. These are both dangerous actions to take. Open flame can damage your pipes further or even start a fire in your home. If there is any standing water from a burst pipe, using a blow dryer can be hazardous; electrical appliances do not mix with standing water and can result in electrocution.
Frozen Pipe Prevention
Typically, pipes located outside your home, along exterior walls, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets are subject to freezing and should be insulated. If frozen pipes are neglected, they might burst causing a breakdown of your water system. If you have a leaking pipe, turn off the water valve feeding it and give us a call.
In the winter, a blizzard may result in a loss of power to your Jericho home. If your heat goes out for an extended period of time, make sure to turn off the water at the main shut-off valve and open the faucets. This will prevent the freezing of any residual water in your pipes.
The first sign of a frozen pipe occurs when you turn on a faucet and only receive a thin trickle of water. If this happens we suggest giving us a call to detect and correct any frozen lines in your home.
Pat Dolan is an JerichoPlumber who has been providing pipe-thawing services to the neighbors of East Meadow for over 40 years. Call us today.