My pipes are frozen! What do I do now?

Cut the source – turn off water at the shutoff valve for the pipes in that area.

Open connection – leave the faucet on to relieve pressure as the pipes thaw.

Slow thaw – use a hair dryer or heat gun to slowly thaw frozen pipes.

No flames! – never use a torch or any other type of open flame to thaw pipes.

Call the professionals – when pipes burst or crack, call a plumber to replace them.

Source: Mr. Rooter Plumbing “Home Plumbing Maintenance Checklist” 6.11.15

Winter Prep – Don’t let those pipes freeze!

Frozen pipes are something everyone wants to avoid. By following a few simple steps, you can avoid this homeowner headache.

Outdoor spigots – turn off the water valves and drain the water from your outdoor water lines, disconnect the hose.

Pipes – insulate both cold and warm water pipes, especially in those parts of the house that are exposed to colder temperatures like basements, crawl spaces and pipes on exterior walls.

Keep the house warm – heat the entire house allowing warm air to circulate around pipes at all times.

In frigid temperatures – open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors under the sink to allow warm air inside, slow trickle water from faucets to prevent pipes from freezing.

Source: Mr. Rooter Plumbing “Home Plumbing Maintenance Checklist” 6.11.15

Yearly plumbing to-do’s

Just like with your heating and cooling systems, yearly maintenance of your home’s plumbing will help prevent minor issues turning into major problems. By following these tips, you can avoid plumbing issues as well as conserve water and save on your energy bills.

Repair leaks – that dripping shower head or faucet will waste water and run up your water bill. Check all pipe connections for mold or musty odors which are signs of a leak.

Clear out slow drains – that slow drain will turn into a clog if not addressed.

Clean faucet aerators and shower heads – built up mineral deposits can reduce water flow and effect water pressure.

Inspect sewer lines – this can be one of the most costly home repairs, a yearly video sewer line inspection will find the cause of the problem.

Flush water heater tank – rust and sediment build up can reduce the heating efficiency of the tank and reduce the life of the water heater, flushing the tank every year will prevent this and maximize the life of the equipment. For optimal performance, the water heater temperature setting should be at 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fix that flapper – a running toilet wastes a lot of water as well as can add hundreds of dollars to your water bill, fix running toilets as quickly as possible.

Clean gutters as often as needed – clearing debris and leaves from your gutters ensures that water can drain easily throughout the year and prevent clogged down spouts.

Inspect and clean sump pump – when exposed to extremely cold temperatures, sump pumps will freeze and stop working. Before the cold weather arrives, have your sump pump inspected and cleaned.

Source: ABC Southwest Plumbing & A/C “Annual Plumbing Maintenance Checklist” 12.5.15