Utah’s cold winters can freeze and burst pipes, causing floods and water damage. If this happens, contact American Plumbing Services, a licensed, professional plumber for emergency service 24/7 in the Provo, Utah area. You can reach us at 801-373-0702 or 801-794-0702 for emergency burst pipe services.
Why Pipes Burst
Pipes burst because water pressure increases downstream, behind frozen water in the pipe. Typically, the rupture occurs where there is little or no ice, releasing a deluge of water. The more freezing there is inside a pipe, the greater the pressure from behind and the higher the chances it will burst.
Frozen Pipe Repair: Fixing Burst Pipes
Repairing a burst pipe requires soldering and plumbing skills. Tools include a pipe cutter, soldering torch and striker, lead-free solder, and assorted parts. Our plumbers bring the experience and skills to repair a burst pipe or if needed, put in a temporary repair if the pipe needs to be replaced.
Treating Frozen Pipes in Provo, Utah
If you have reduced or no flow from your faucets during cold weather, you may have a frozen pipe. If you discover or suspect this, turn off the main water valve immediately and open all your faucets.
Begin thawing the pipe by wrapping insulated material around it; towels and blankets will work, too. If you have access to water, heat it to boiling and pour it over the wrappings but not directly onto the pipes themselves. Do not use blowtorches, which can damage the pipe further, or hairdryers or other electric heating equipment—the presence of dripping water makes the possibility of electrocution too dangerous.
If you suspect a frozen pipe behind a wall or other place that you are unable to access, call American Service Plumbing to address the problem.
Prevent Pipe Freezes
These steps can help to prevent pipe freeze:
- Open cabinet doors so heat reaches pipes.
- Keep your home warm, even if you’re leaving for an extended period.
- Turn off the water supply if temperatures are expected to drop below 20¡F. Get someone to check your home while you’re away.
- Wrap exposed pipes with insulated materials made from fiberglass or rock wool. Insulate pipes in attics or basements where there is less heat.
- Keep faucets open to a slow drip during deep freezes to prevent buildup of excessive water pressure. If you dislike the idea of wasting water, capture it in containers and water the plants with it.
If your home has a lot of exposed pipes, consider rerouting them into warmer areas of the building. Call American Plumbing Services today for an inspection and estimate.