Frozen Pipe Repair in Provo
Preventing Damage Caused by Bursting Pipes
Utah’s cold winters can freeze and burst pipes, causing floods and water damage. If your pipes are frozen, you need American Plumbing Services. Our licensed plumbers have the experience and skills necessary to handle even the most difficult plumbing services. Each of our frozen pipe repair technicians in Provo is backed by over 15 years of experience.
Why Do Pipes Burst?
Pipes burst because water pressure increases 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 are that it will burst.
Fixing Burst Pipes
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 Plumbing Services to address the problem. 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 necessary to repair or replace a burst pipe.
Avoiding Pipe Freezes
Frozen pipes are extremely inconvenient and can cause a lot of damage, resulting in the need for serious repairs. Luckily, there are a few precautions you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting.
These precautions include:
- Open cabinet doors so heat reaches the pipes.
- Keep your home warm, even if you’re leaving for an extended period of time.
- 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. Be sure to 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 excess 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.
Your Comfort & Safety Matter to Us
At American Plumbing Services, ensuring our customers are safe and comfortable in their homes is extremely important. If you have frozen or burst pipes, we are here to help. Using advanced techniques and state-of-the-art technology, our Provo frozen pipe repair team will have your pipes up and running again in no time. You can count on us to make the necessary repairs or replacements in a timely manner, so you resume your daily life as soon as possible.