Unconventional weather events are pretty normal at this point, despite the “unconventional” part. Ice storms, arctic blasts, polar vortexes, and more are starting to cause us to make some life choices when it comes to our houses. As the weather changes, so too must our plumbing strategies.
Luckily, plumbing systems are pretty unique in the fact that they run all-year round despite the weather. A plumbing system isn’t going to run any differently in the winter than it would in the spring, summer, or fall. But you might encounter different problems depending on how the weather turns out.
Before the next arctic blast or polar vortex, we’d like to talk about the elephant in the room–potential frozen pipes in Bloomington. We’ll discuss what they are, how they come about, and why they’re one of the most insidious problems to encounter when you lose power or encounter a sudden temperature drop this winter.
Setting the Stage
So, it’s the middle of January and you’re headed out to work. But due to some crazy weather events like a storm or a blizzard, you return home to find that your house is without power. If it’s been a few hours, you might already notice the chilly temperatures inside and the fact that all of your water is ice cold.
Or, if that doesn’t quite fit, try this scenario on for size: One day of the year the temperature reaches into the negatives. Sure, your home is warm and cozy, but inside of the kitchen cupboards where your water pipes sit, it’s beginning to reach below freezing. Once that area reaches that threshold, the water begins to freeze and your pipes can cease functioning.
There are many different ways to encounter frozen pipes, so we want to make sure our customers realize that this is a pretty common concern. That’s why we specialize in fixing frozen pipes.
How You Can Prepare for Frozen Pipes
First, we need to talk about how customers can better prepare for the winter by avoiding frozen pipes. Here are two great tips that can help right off the bat.
- Invest in pipe insulation. You can use specifically sized pipe insulation, or even an old pool noodle to cover exposed pipes in your home, or pipes that might be located in a frigid area. Just a small amount of insulation will keep things in good shape.
- Open your cabinets on cold days. Keeping your cabinets open will allow heated air to circulate throughout your home and to areas where your pipes sit.
What to Do After the Fact
So, you’re dealing with an emergency plumbing situation and you need help with your frozen pipes now. We’ve got you covered!
First, shut off your water access so you don’t end up wasting water when the pipe inevitably thaws and starts leaking everywhere. Then, make sure you call our team to have an emergency plumbing come to your home and survey the damage. Only a licensed plumber has the tools and expertise to fix a frozen pipe without damaging anything else.
Contact Pipeworks Inc. to have your frozen pipes fixed ASAP.