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Pipes, as an essential plumbing system, require maintenance because they can burst anytime due to a number of reasons. Regardless of how well you maintain them, it is not impervious to damage. Frozen pipes, for instance, can cause expensive damage if you don't do something to address them. With 1-800-Plumber +Air of Portland, not only will you prevent water damage but you will also winter-proof your pipes.
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What to do if you have a Frozen Pipe
Frozen pipes can be frustrating to deal with and the only way to address them is by calling a professional plumber. There is no such thing as quick fixes when it comes to frozen pipes, but these techniques can prevent further damage while waiting for a plumber to resolve the issue.
Turn On The Faucet
If you suspect a frozen pipe, you will need to locate the source of the problem by turning on your faucet. Either a trickle will come out or there's no water flowing at all. Frozen pipes can also escape through exterior walls or the foundation where your water service enters.
Leave The Faucet Open
As you start to thaw the frozen pipes, water will flow through the frozen area, and keeping your faucet open allows melted ice to run through the pipe.
Applying heat can melt the ice but you should perform this technique with caution because too much heat can also cause the pipes to burst due to the sudden change in temperature. Avoid using kerosene, propane heater, blowtorch, or any open flame devices.
Check All Faucets
If you've already determined which pipes are frozen, you might also consider checking all other faucets because it's also possible for other pipes to freeze. This step is better left to 1-800-Plumber +Air of Portland as they can thoroughly inspect your pipes and provide a sure-fire solution.
Burst Pipe Causes
You can prevent pipes from bursting if you pay attention to warning signs. Here are common reasons pipes burst.
If pipes are made out of steel or metal, it is most likely to corrode. Corrosion is inevitable especially if pipes have been serving your home for years. The years of too much water use might have taken their toll on your steel pipes. There isn't much you can do to prevent corrosion in steel pipes. Contact us so we can replace them with plastic or copper pipes and make your problems with corrosion a thing of the past.
In areas where temperatures can drop to 0 degrees Fahrenheit, pipes become susceptible to freezing. When water freezes and accumulates in a specific area of the pipe, more pressure will be applied to that area and when it's more than your pipes can handle, it will eventually burst.
Clogs can also affect the efficiency of pipes because of the undue pressure that starts to build up. When the accumulation of pressure is too much for pipes to bear, it will crack and cause leaks. There are many reasons your pipes become clogged so be mindful with what you throw down your drains.
Tree Root Encroachment
As trees grow, roots will crawl further in the soil until it makes contact with water pipes. In most cases, water pipes can't withstand pressure from tree roots. When roots continue to apply pressure, pipes will start to crack.
There are instances when the soil around pipes shifts. When this happens, water pipes will begin to burst. It's important to check the proximity of the soil to the pipes to prevent burst pipes.
High Water Pressure
Home water pipes should not exceed 60 psi, to prevent pressure from rising. When pressure rises, it can impair pipes and cause water to slow down. You will need to utilize plumbing services at 1-800-Plumber +Air of Portland to assess the problem and take necessary steps to fix it.
Signs of a Frozen or Burst Pipe
Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures can affect water pipes. There are a few warning signs you should look out for so you can protect your home and property during the winter months.
When pipes are frozen, no water will come out of your faucet and fixture because the water has frozen solid in your supply lines. If it's a partial freeze, you will also see drops of water.
An odd smell from your drains is a sign you have frozen pipes. Though you only have one frozen pipe, other drains can be affected as well. The reason behind the strange smell is because the ice blocks the food, waste and grease that are supposed to be drained, causing your room to stink up. This common problem requires the expertise of a professional like 1-800-Plumber +Air of Portland.
Water damage is a serious sign of a frozen pipe, especially when it bursts, allowing a large amount of water to enter your home and cause structural damage. Some warning signs of hidden water damage include dirt-like stains, bubbling or peeling paint, musty odors and the sound of running water.
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If you find yourself suffering from frozen pipes every year, it only means that you have to improve your home heating and insulation. Having a professional plumber to fix your plumbing system will save you from spending thousands of dollars on repairs. There are many areas of cleaning and maintenance that can prevent pipes from freezing again.
Duct cleaning ensures your house will be properly heated in the winter. Having 1-800-Plumber +Air of Portland come in and keep your ducts clean will reduce the risks including a frozen pipe. However, it's also imperative to know that the problem with frozen pipes isn't only due to inefficient ductwork because your furnace can fail as well.
A malfunctioning furnace won't' operate properly, causing it to work longer and harder to heat your home. Without producing the same amount of heat, your pipes are also at risk of freezing. Frozen pipes can bring stress and frustration so before the winter season, be sure to catch any issues that can affect your home's heating and plumbing system. Contact us so our experienced plumbers will make your plumbing system ready for cold weather.
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