Chicagoland Winters can be Brutal on Plumbing
Every winter in the Chicagoland area we see a huge spike in frozen water lines. Even though preventing frozen water lines is easy, extreme cold can render even the most diligent homeowner helpless. Your water piping located on outside walls or in unheated crawl spaces are the most susceptible to extreme temperatures. So what happens to water lines when they freeze? It’s all science. When water freezes, it expands, and when it expands in water piping, it has nowhere to go. This puts pressure on the walls of your pipes. If it expands enough, it will burst the pipe. Quite often it is when the water thaws that you notice the breach or breaches in your water piping. Unfortunately, these leaks can cause major damage to a home, ruining drywall, floors, basements etc. It is essential that you have a professional plumbing company repair these kinds of leaks. It is very common to have a leak repaired on a frozen water line and then have another show up further down the line and then another and another. Frozen water in piping can weaken the walls in a certain area or throughout the entire water piping system. The good news is that preventing your pipes from freezing is simple and can save you money and headaches in the future.
Call the Experts to Thaw and Fix Your Frozen Water Piping
For more severe frozen pipes, let one of our “Expert Plumbers” bring out one of our specialized pipe thawing machines. We can restore your water and save you time and money.
How to prevent pipes from freezing:
- During extreme temperatures it is important to keep the temperature in your home at least 50 degrees. Open all cabinet doors to allow the warmer air to keep the piping under your sinks from freezing
- Make sure to remove your hose from all exterior sillcocks and spigots. Close the shut off valve inside your home and drain the line to prevent the line from freezing and bursting.
- Drain down all sprinkler water supply lines and all exterior related piping.
- Insulate any exposed piping using heat tape, insulating foam or similar material
- If there is a bout of extreme cold, open your faucets to a trickle — this will keep the water moving through your water lines and keep the pipes from freezing.
- If you do find your pipes are frozen, use a slower method of thawing the line using a hair dryer or heating pad. Never use a tool with an open flame.