Even in Sugar Land’s warmer climate, a sudden cold snap could cause an exposed pipe to freeze. In fact, homes in warmer areas are more at risk of frozen pipes because they are not prepared for cold weather. A frozen pipe not only stops the water supply to your home, but puts you in danger of flooding, as the pressure in a frozen pipe could cause it to burst. In order to prevent water damage, mold, and other conditions from developing, it is important to follow certain steps to protect your pipes from the cold.
In order to prevent frozen pipes this winter, you should:
- Remove and store all outdoor hoses
- Add insulating sleeves to exposed pipes
- Keep your home’s thermostat set to a minimum of 55 degrees Fahrenheit if you are gone
- Let your faucet trickle to allow pressure to release and avoid freezing
- Open any kitchen or bathroom cabinets to keep plumbing lines warm
By following these tips, you can help your pipes stay warmer even in cold conditions. This can help prevent frozen pipes. If you pipes do freeze, you should keep the faucet turned on low to allow any water to trickle through as it thaws. You should avoid using antifreeze, which is harmful to the environment, and you should also avoid using any open flame source to thaw the pipes. Instead, use a hair dryer, heating pad, towel drenched in hot water, or a space heater to gradually thaw the frozen pipe, starting near the faucet.
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While you may be able to thaw the frozen pipes on your own, you should get professional help if you have trouble finding the frozen section, or if your pipes will still not flow properly. Having your pipes freeze can lead to expensive repairs. That is why we offer emergency plumbing services for your convenience.
Contact our team today to receive timely and effective plumbing services in Sugar Land, Texas.