Frozen Pipes Repair
When the temperature in Duluth and Hastings drops below freezing, it is vital for homeowners to have taken the proper precautions to protect their plumbing lines from damage. Freezing temperatures and blustery wind chill are a dangerous combination that can quickly destroy your home’s water pipes and leave you with a huge mess and costly repair bills. Should you be faced with frozen pipes needing professional repair, the Paul Bunyan Plumbing & Drain team is just a call away at 612-340-1444. In addition, we offer 24/7 emergency frozen pipe repair service and any other emergency plumbing services you might need.
The Huge Value In Prevention
The old saying about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure has never been more accurate than when it comes to your home’s water lines. The licensed plumbers at Paul Bunyan would like to help the community avoid the hassle and expense of frozen pipes with a few helpful tips related to prevention.
- Wrap exposed pipes with foam pipe insulation sleeves to prevent freezing
- Opt for temperature-controlled heat tape in colder or more exposed areas
- Remove hoses from outdoor water spigots
- Cover hose bibs and outdoor faucets with insulating material to prevent freeze damage
- Open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate under sinks and prevent freeze damage
- If you are afraid of a severe temperature drop, leave a water faucet turned on to a slight trickle to prevent the water from freezing and bursting your water pipes.
Recognizing A Frozen Water Line
Homeowners must know how to spot a frozen pipe to take fast action to minimize the damage. The typical indication of a frozen water line is no water or very little water flow when you turn on a faucet or shower. However, the water can also come out surging, with no flow, then a little burst of water, then very little again. On occasion, the faucet will appear very cold to the touch. But this is not always the case. So as soon as you discover an odd or no water flow from a faucet, call Paul Bunyan at 612-340-1444 for fast and affordable frozen pipe repair solutions.
How To Reduce Water Damage
If a frozen water line has burst or you fear it might burst, turn off the water to that pipe or your home. Then open faucets and other fixtures on the line to allow the water to drain into a sink or bucket. These steps will limit the amount of water that could leak into your walls and floors.
If the line has not burst, use a hair dryer to thaw the ice and restore water flow slowly. Never use an open flame or intense heat source to try to melt the ice more quickly, as it can result in additional damage. Even if you successfully thaw the frozen water line, it is best to call Paul Bunyan Plumbing & Drain for a pipe inspection to ensure no damage or small leaks in your home.
The licensed plumbers at Paul Bunyan are available 24/7 for emergency services like frozen pipe repair, just call 612-340-1444 and know that help is on the way.