When temperatures plummet, the risk of your pipes freezing dramatically increases. When water freezes, it expands, and pipes are more susceptible to bursting or leaking. Frozen pipes are not only an inconvenience to your daily routine, but can also result in major property damages. While we can’t control the weather, there are a few things we can do to prevent pipes from freezing, or even bursting.

Turn Up the Thermostat: Whether you’re at home, running errands, or at work, it is important to keep your thermostat at least 55°F both during the day and at night. This may result in a slightly higher heating bill, but it can prevent a costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst. If you are going on a long vacation, or simply leaving the building vacant for a long period of time and don’t want to keep the heat running, consider shutting off the water supply.

Open Doors & Cabinets: Keep interior doors and cabinets open to enhance the circulation of warm air. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.

Turn Off Outdoor Water Supply: Outdoor plumbing is likely to be the first thing that freezes during the winter. Be sure to turn off all outdoor water supplies, including garden hoses and lawn irrigation sources.

Let Water Run: On extremely cold days, consider running your faucets at either a trickle or a drip. By keeping the faucets open, the flowing water helps prevent pipes from freezing.

Signs of Frozen Pipes

One of the earliest signs of frozen pipes is reduced or no flow from your faucets. If you notice a strange smell from your faucet or drain, a frozen pipe might be to blame. Wet carpeting or rings on the ceiling are main signs of burst pipes.

If your pipe bursts, turn off the water valve and call us immediately. We can also help talk you through initial steps over the phone. Repairing a burst pipe can be difficult, and it’s not recommended that you attempt to address the problem on your own.

For over 40 years, we have inspected and repaired countless frozen and burst water pipes throughout New England. Click here to learn more.

If you have frozen pipes or are experiencing water damage from burst pipes, give Felix Septic a call immediately at 1-800-595-7907 or submit the form on this page. Our experienced technicians can identify the source of your frozen pipe, make timely repairs, and prevent further damage.