If you suspect that you have frozen pipes, keep an eye out for the following signs:
- There are wet spots and leaks on walls and floors
- Your faucets aren’t working
- There is frost and ice on your outside piping
- A pipe is showing signs of bulging
- Your drains have an unpleasant odor
If you have noticed one or more of the following signs, contact a plumber right away! Acting quickly can prevent costly damage and excessive flooding. In the meantime, locate your water valve and shut it off. If you are not sure of where your valve is, they are usually located near the water meter. Next, find the valve for your toilet supply and turn it off as well. This will be located behind your water tank. New homeowners should always learn the location of their home’s valves. Knowing the exact placement of these valves can save you from water damage in the future.
Frozen Pipe Prevention
Learning how to prevent frozen pipes from occurring is a great way to be proactive in the health of your home’s plumbing system. The American Red Cross strongly recommends following these steps:
- Crack open the cabinet doors underneath your sink. This can help warm air circulate through.
- When temperatures drop, turn on the water outside to a low trickle. Flowing water is less likely to freeze.
- If you plan on being gone for several days, keep your indoor temperature no less than 55 degrees.
- Keep garage doors and other access areas to your home closed.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing of the Shenandoah Valley is here to offer professional service to Winchester, Stephen’s City, Middletown, Strasburg, and the surrounding communities. We will repair your lines in no time, saving you from excessive damage and stress. Put yourself in good hands with help from our plumbers. We are here to get you back into good shape and never charge for overtime. Whether you are experiencing frozen pipes, leaks, or burst pipes, give us a call. In even the coldest winters, you can depend on our team!
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