Midwest winters can be brutal! We understand that frozen pipes can be a major headache for homeowners, cutting off water just when you need it most, and potentially causing costly water damage. In fact, up to 20% of all property damage claims are related to frozen pipes. That’s why we offer top-quality frozen pipe repair services to identify any problems and get your plumbing system back on track.
Are My Pipes Frozen?
Detecting frozen pipes can be tricky, but there are some signs to look out for:
- Little or no water flow
- Frost or condensation on pipes
- Bulging or cracking on pipes
If you suspect that you have frozen pipes, it’s important to act fast and turn the water off to your house immediately. Once that is done, give us a call! At Morgan Miller Plumbing, our team of experienced plumbers can diagnose and repair frozen pipes quickly and efficiently, preventing any further damage to your plumbing system.
Should I Thaw My Own Pipes?
While it is possible to thaw your own pipes, it’s important to do so safely and carefully to avoid causing damage to your plumbing system. Here are some tips to help you thaw your pipes after a freeze:
- Turn on the faucet: Turn on the faucet to allow the water to flow once the pipes begin to thaw. This will help prevent any pressure buildup in the pipes.
- Use a hair dryer: A hair dryer is a quick and easy way to thaw out pipes. Simply point the hair dryer at the frozen section of the pipe and work your way along until the water begins to flow again.
- Use a space heater: If you have access to the frozen pipes, using a space heater is another effective method to unthaw them. Place the heater close to the pipes and direct the heat towards the frozen section.
If you are unsure about how to safely thaw out your pipes, or if you’ve tried and are still experiencing issues, it’s best to call a professional plumber to assist you. Contact us at (816) 765-4843 to schedule an appointment.
Frozen Pipe Prevention
Preventing frozen pipes is always the best course of action. Here are some tips to help you prevent frozen pipes from occurring in your home:
- Prepare for winter: Disconnect all water hoses from outside spigots, and if you plan to leave your house unattended for the winter, be sure to winterize your pipes.
- Keep your home at a consistent temperature: During cold weather, it’s important to keep your home at a consistent temperature, even when you’re away. Set your thermostat to at least 55°F to help prevent freezing.
- Leave cabinet doors open: If you know water lines run against walls Allow warm air into areas where lines are susceptible to freezing.
- Keep the garage door closed: Many water lines run in the walls and ceiling of your garage. Leaving the door open, suddenly makes those walls outside walls and they may not be insulated enough to handle extreme cold.
- Insulate your pipes: Pipes located in unheated areas, such as crawl spaces, basements, attics, and areas where water lines enter your home, are more susceptible to freezing. Insulate these pipes with foam insulation or heat tape to help keep them warm.
- Seal drafts: Cold air can seep into your home through small gaps and cracks around doors and windows. Seal these drafts with weatherstripping or caulk to keep the cold air out and the warm air in.
- Keep your faucets dripping: In the event of a serious freeze, turn your faucets on to a slow drip. This can help prevent water from freezing and causing a blockage.
For more winterization tips and advice about other appliances, check out our Morgan Miller Plumbing blog.
Morgan Miller Plumbing understands the urgency and potential damage that frozen pipes can cause. Here are some of the specific services we offer related to frozen pipes:
- Pipe Repair: If your frozen pipes have already caused damage, our team of expert plumbers can assess the damage and recommend the necessary repairs. We have the tools and expertise to repair any damage caused by frozen pipes, including leaks and broken pipes.
- Inspection: Our team will thoroughly inspect your plumbing system for any damage caused by freezing.
- Insulation: One of the best ways to prevent frozen pipes is by adding insulation to areas of your home that are prone to freezing. We can inspect your home and recommend insulation options to help prevent frozen pipes in the future.
Why Choose Us?
At Morgan Miller Plumbing, we pride ourselves on our commitment to customer satisfaction. Locally owned and operated for over 25 years, our skilled plumbers have the experience and knowledge to diagnose and repair frozen pipes quickly and effectively, minimizing disruptions to your daily routine and keeping your home safe. Whether you need a simple repair or a complete replacement of your plumbing system, you can trust us to get the job done right.
Don’t let frozen pipes cause damage to your home. Contact us today at (816) 765-4843 to schedule your frozen pipe repair appointment. We look forward to serving you!
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