Snellville, GA may not receive much snow; however it can still get its share of cold weather. Our Snellville plumbers warn customers about the dangers of frozen pipes. The cold weather causes pipes to freeze which leads to plumbing problems. Water expands as it freezes placing extraordinary pressure on the object containing it. This pressure is so strong that it is capable of breaking plastic and metal pipes. This is why pipes need to be protected from the cold or homeowners may be left with a major leak that can cause thousands of dollars of damage. Proper precautions must be taken when winter weather approaches.
Before the cold air arrives, the water should be drained from all pools and sprinkler lines. Plumbers recommend that you disconnect, drain and store your hoses indoors where they will not be affected by the winter air. Close indoor valves that supply water to outdoor faucets, and keep all outdoor bibs open so the water can drain and expand without busting the pipe. Check the areas in your home that are not insulated. Many homes in Snellville lack insulation in the attic, garage, crawl space and basement. The Pipes located in these areas should be insulated with pipe sleeves, newspaper, heat cables or heat tape.
After the cold weather has arrived, open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the pipes. Make sure to keep your garage door closed at all times. Running water is less likely to freeze, so turn on each of your faucets just enough to allow a slow drip. Keep your thermostat at a constant temperature above 55 degrees at all times – even while you are not home.
If a pipe has already frozen, keep the faucet running to help melt the ice. Use electric hair dryers, electric heating pads, towels soaked in warm water and space heaters to heat any frozen parts of the pipe. Avoid any tools that involve an open flame.
Our Snellville, GA plumbers have seen the problems caused by frozen pipes. They are a headache no one wants to encounter. Homeowners should remember to take action when winter weather is on the way in order to protect their homes. It’s much easier to take these precautions than it is to repair the damage created by a frozen pipe.