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the danger of frozen pipes

...and what to do when freezing occurs

 When temperatures drop to below freezing levels, icy road conditions or a higher heating bill are not the only concerns for property owners. Whether it is your business or your home, cold weather often can bring the unfortunate reality of frozen pipes. Without the right prevention against frozen pipes – and intervention should it take place – freezing pipes have the potential to cause costly damage in a hurry.

 Why Pipes Freeze and the Consequences Water is unique in that when it freezes, it expands. The temperatures in Washoe County sometimes drop below freezing at night, and this can put pressure on weak or aged metal and plastic pipes found in homes, potentially leading to a pipe burst. A crack in a pipe as small as a fraction of an inch can hurl more than 200 gallons of water per day, causing flooding, damage to the property’s structure, and a potential for mold in the future.

If you live in a colder climate frozen pipes are a more common occurrence, however even when you live in a warmer climate frozen pipes can still be an issue. Now is the time to educate yourself on what to do to prevent frozen pipes from wreaking havoc on your property. And it is just as crucial to understand where to get experienced, local plumbing help if it happens.

Steps to Take

Frozen pipes sound scary, but there are several steps you can take to prevent them from happening.

  1. • Always drain the water from pipes that have a high probability of freezing, like sprinkler supply lines.
  2. • It is also necessary to disconnect the hoses attached to the outside of the home, drain, and store them indoors, and close up valves supplying water to these points.
  3. • Adding insulation around sources of cold air, like vents and light fixtures, is also helpful in preventing frozen pipes.
  4. • Sealing cracks in the walls, areas near utility service lines, and breezy doors and windows also play a part, as does keeping the temperature indoors higher than 55 degrees – even if you aren’t home.

 These steps may be enough to keep your pipes from freezing during the colder months, but in some cases, the frigid temperatures make it impossible to keep it from happening. This is especially true when pipes are not cleaned regularly, or the property is several years old. A telltale sign of frozen pipes is when water does not come out of the faucet when turned on. When that’s the case, scheduling a plumber to help prevent frozen pipes from bursting is your next critical step. Attempting to thaw frozen pipes on your own could be incredibly dangerous and end up causing far more damage than reaching out to a local plumbing expert for help. Reno Plumbing Doctor understands what is needed to correct frozen pipes in a safe, effective way. If your pipes do burst from freezing please give us a call and we will come right away: 775-852-0111.

We will help fix the burst pipes, and then to prevent additional water damage it is in your best interest to follow up with a call for water damage restoration in Reno. We suggest REDS Fire and Flood, they have a team of experts able to provide full recovery from flood damage after a burst pipe, working to recover and restore your property back to its pre-damaged condition. Water disasters also have the potential to cause harmful mold to develop and spread throughout the home when not cleaned and restored properly. If mold occurs we suggest reaching out to a mold remediation specialist to protect your home against further damage.

Regardless of the age of your property or the state your pipes are in, preventing frozen pipes is a must to protect your home. If you’re unsure where to begin or want someone to ensure your pipes are in their best condition during this cold season, call us at Reno Plumbing Doctor or schedule an appointment online.