Even though temperatures have been above average for this time of year, we are inevitably going to get hit with colder air sooner than later. Because it hasn’t been an issue just yet, homeowners tend to get a bit lazy and forget to prepare their home. Frozen pipes have been a problem for Charlotte homeowners year after year, so see below to find out how you can prevent it from happening this year and what to do if it does happen to you.
If the temperatures are going to drop below freezing for 24 hours or more (and that includes with wind temperatures):
If a pipe does freeze in your home, there is not much that a plumbing company can do for you as it is very hard to pinpoint where in the pipe there is frozen water. The damage occurs and is discovered not when it is frozen, but when it thaws out due to the expanding and contracting of that pipe causing cracks in the pipe. To minimize the risk of damage once you do have a pipe that is frozen:
Open the faucet where no water is coming out and place a space heater blowing on the outside wall and under the sink to warm up the pipes causing the ice to thaw and relieving the pressure building up.
If you have no hot water only, then find a blow dryer and warm up the cold water inlet pipe to your water heater.
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