Winter brings a variety of challenges to homeowners across the country, many of which involve our plumbing systems. Clogged drains, water line breaks, septic tank leaks, and water heater failure are all common during this time of year, but one problem, in particular, occurs with the highest frequency during the winter months – frozen pipes.
When water accumulates in your pipes and the temperatures fall below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, it will freeze and expand, eventually bursting your pipes and causing devastating damage to your plumbing system and your entire home. Water damage not only costs thousands of dollars to repair but also significantly impacts the safety of your home and the health of your loved ones by encouraging the growth of mold and inviting pest infestations. Exposed or poorly insulated pipes are vulnerable to freezing, especially in unheated areas such as the garage, attic, basement, or crawlspace, so you should regularly examine these pipes for signs of frost.
The following signs indicate that you may have a frozen pipe in your home, meaning you should turn off your water supply and seek prompt assistance from a professional plumbing company.
- Lack of water from your faucets
- Discolored water
- Changes in water pressure or your toilet flushing power
- Strong odors emanating from your drain
- Persistent leaks
- Strange noises, such as hissing, gurgling, or clanging
- Abnormally high water usage and increased water bills
At several points throughout the season, conduct a thorough review of your home so you will immediately recognize any signs of water damage, such as bubbling or peeling paint or wallpaper. Strong odors in combination with streaks of green, black, or orange suggest mold growth. Sagging or collapsing ceilings and walls result from extended periods of water damage and seriously compromise the structural integrity of your home.
If you are experiencing any of the signs listed above or would like to schedule preventative maintenance to ensure they do not arise, contact us today for a free consultation by calling or filling out the form on our website.