Freezing temperatures and harsh weather conditions can sometimes wreak havoc on your property. Even if your home is totally winter-ready, emergencies can still happen and it’s important to deal with them effectively and safely to minimize damage. If you experience frozen or burst pipes, leaky faucets, or any other winter plumbing disaster, here are a few tips and tricks to help you manage the situation from the professional technicians at Mattioni Plumbing.
Indoor Faucet Freezing
Indoor faucet freezing is a serious issue, but one that can be dealt with quickly and easily. If you notice that your indoor faucets have started to freeze, follow these steps to help reverse the situation:
- Open the cabinet doors underneath the faucet to allow warm air to circulate to the pipes.
- Make sure to heat all the rooms in your home to ensure swift and even warm air circulation throughout your property.
- Run water in a small stream out of the frozen faucet by leaving the taps open a small amount.
- Don’t shut off the main water valve as this can cause thaw pipes immediately, and the drastic temperature change can cause pipes to burst.
If this doesn’t unfreeze your pipes, it’s time to call a professional plumber to heat and insulate your pipes before they burst.
If your pipes burst, the most important thing to do is minimize the damage. Collect all leaking water by placing a bucket or receptacle under the damaged area. Don’t touch any wiring or electrical outlets that you think may have been affected—when in doubt, turn off your power at the main switch to prevent an electrical issues. Call a professional plumbing company immediately—they will have the skills and tools necessary to solve the issue swiftly and safely.
If you experience a wintertime plumbing emergency, the most important thing is to remain calm and contact a professional plumber as soon as possible. At Mattioni Plumbing, our team of experienced technicians can help you in any emergency plumbing situation. For more information about our plumbing services, contact us today at Mattioni Plumbing.