Colder weather and winter can be a stressful, albeit fun, time. With the holiday festivities and winter sports, the colder weather is welcomed by many. With all the stress, we know it is easy to forget about some areas of the winterization process. Below, C4 Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling will discuss what to do if you have frozen pipes and ways to prevent them from occurring.

Frozen Pipe Prevention

Frozen pipes are one of the more widespread calls plumbers receive during the winter. Frozen pipes can usually be prevented with the proper preparations. It is essential to insulate all pipes that are exposed, and this includes your spigots. If you are going on vacation or will be traveling, keep your heat on. Without heat circulating through your home, pipes inside your home will freeze, which can lead to significant water damages. If the temperatures are going to be colder than usual, leave cabinet doors open so that warm air can flow into those areas. You can also leave your water on a trickle; this can help to stop freezing.

I Have Frozen Pipes – What Should I Do?

If you know you have frozen pipes, it is best to contact a plumber as soon as possible. A burst pipe can cause extensive water damages to your property. A certified plumber can begin to unfreeze your pipe, releasing the pressure so that it does not burst. If your pipe does burst, call a plumber immediately. Water damages can happen fast and spread to all areas of your home. If you know where the shut-off valve is located, turn it off as you wait for the plumber. By turning the water off, you will limit the amount of water entering your home.