How to Fix Frozen Pipes

As the holidays near, and the snow and cold settle in, its time to think
about winterizing your home to avoid frozen pipes.

Preventing Freezing Pipes

Take a look around your home. Do you have sinks on outside walls? If so,
pay special attention to the pipes that connect to these locations. How
cold does it get under the sink? Leave the door to the sink open or cracked
so heat can circulate. If you’re going to be out of town for a while,
don’t turn the heat off. Instead, turn it down and leave the door
open wide to keep it warm. Even the most insulated homes can still freeze
without heat.

You may also wish to insulate the pipes for added protection. Minor maintenance
now can prevent a costly problem down the road.

Leaking Pipes

Do a quick search throughout your home for leaky pipes. If you have a basement
or crawl space, make sure you check for puddles or wet spots. Pipes usually
leak before they burst. If you find any wetness, fix the pipe before it
turns into a more serious problem.

Freezing or Bursting Pipes

If you do have a pipe burst due to freezing, turn off the water supply
and call your local plumber immediately. Remove as many items as you can
from the surrounding area to give the plumber as much room as possible.
Wait for the plumber to assess the damage, and fix the problem.

From bursting pipes to annual maintenance, Quality First Service Group can help you with all of your plumbing needs.

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