Frozen Pipes

Take steps now to prevent your pipes from freezing. 

Though we’re still enjoying some warmer weather, we must take some time to prepare for the temperature drop this autumn. In September, we discussed the dangers of having your pipes freeze and why it happens. Today, S.T.O.P. Restoration Albuquerque, NM, is offering some tips on how to prevent frozen pipes. 

Addressing the issue

  • When the water in your pipes freezes, it expands, which can crack or burst the pipe. To prevent this catastrophe, the best strategy is to keep your pipes warm. 
  • We recommend insulating your exposed plumbing so the water can flow freely inside, even during freezing temperatures.
  • Products like pipe sleeves, heat tape, and heat reflector lamps are excellent choices to keep your plumbing safe.

An alternative solution

  • Despite what some may claim, a steady drip will not keep your pipe from freezing. However, it can stop the pipe from bursting in subzero temperatures. 
  • Though this solution can help you avoid damage, it still doesn’t address the frozen water in your pipes.
  • To restore the flow of water, you’ll need to wait for the ice in the pipes to melt. Make sure your valves are shut when melting, so your faucets and sinks are not wasting water.

Circulation is essential

  • For indoor plumbing, it’s a good idea to leave your cabinets ajar slightly to let warmer air circulate in those areas. 
  • Every plumbing system is unique, so take some time to get familiar with yours so you can notice any problems immediately.

Preventing water damage

The greatest danger of frozen pipes is water damage. 

Every homeowner should know where their main water shutoff valve is, so if they experience burst pipes, they can shut off the water immediately. Unattended burst pipes can cause massive leaks into your home, leaving you with water damage and potential mold growth. 

If you need water damage restoration for your home or office, S.T.O.P. Restoration is available 24/7 to answer your calls and provide lasting solutions! When you need us most, we’re there to help. Call us anytime at (505) 892-3112.