Pipes freezing and bursting during the winter is a fairly common occurrence. Most of the time if there’s no water in your home after a deep freeze, it’s due to a frozen pipe. But when a water pipe breaks inside a home it can be devastating, especially if the pipe bursts in an upper story and causes a waterfall to form all the way down to the basement. No house is exempt from the risk of frozen and bursting water pipes, but fortunately there are things you can do to prevent them.
Preparation is Key to Preventing Pipes from Bursting
“Preparation is key,” says Steve Burbridge, at Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. “Learn the location of your main water shutoff valve in case a pipe breaks.”
A plumbing safety inspection is a good way to identify, and protect against, potential pipe freezing points. Have a highly-trained plumber come out and give your plumbing a fitness check. They will also check for potential leaks and other looming problems while they are at your home, such as pipe-damaging hard water and carbon monoxide leaks from your water heater vent.
It is important to know the hours your plumber is available, especially if they work evenings. If yours does not, find one that does, in case your pipes burst at night when air temperatures are at their coldest. Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has plumbers in the field until midnight every night, and have experts to assist homeowners over the phone 24 hours a day.
Protecting Garage Pipes from Freezing
Water pipes in rooms that are not heated are especially vulnerable to freezing and bursting. Because most garages are not heated, water pipes running through the garage are vulnerable to freezing and bursting this time of year. Keeping your garage door closed is one way to keep out the cold. Placing a UL-listed electric space heater near pipes will also keep them from freezing.
An Auto-Ray infrared garage heater, installed by Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, is the ideal way to protect the pipes from freezing and bursting in your garage, and in the rooms next to your garage. And, ice and snow brought in on the car the night before will be GONE the next morning and the floor will be dry! The Auto-Ray infrared garage heater heats a 2-3 car garage using inexpensive natural gas for about $10 a month. And no more getting into a cold car!
Prevent Your Kitchen Sink from Freezing
It’s not unusual for plumbing running to a kitchen sink on an exterior wall to be extremely vulnerable. Open the cabinet doors along that wall to allow heat into the space. Place an electric heater in front of the cabinets for an extra measure of cold protection, or leave the faucet dripping water if extremely cold and windy outside.
Place A Space Heater in Any Non-Heated Rooms
Keep unprotected pipes above freezing by simply placing a UL-listed electric heater near them. Remember, the goal is not to make the space toasty warm and comfortable. It’s to keep the water in the pipe above freezing.
Drip a Faucet Furthest from Your Water Main Valve
Turning on a faucet furthest from your water main valve overnight keeps water running through your pipes while you sleep, and running water is less likely to freeze.
Make Sure the Hoses are Removed from Your Outdoor Faucets
Leaving the hose on your outdoor faucet during the winter can cause water from the hose to back up into the faucet plumbing. This water will expand inside and split the piping during freezing weather. Remove and drain hoses used outside, and store them away until spring.
A newer innovation is the one quarter turn valve frost-free faucet, which allow for hoses to be left on all year round. Not sure if you have a one quarter turn valve frost-free faucet installed? If you’re not sure if your faucet is frost free, call a plumbing expert to make that determination.
Turn Off the Water Main Valve
In the most frigid temps, turn off the main water valve while the house is unoccupied or while you sleep. If a pipe freezes and breaks, the spillage is limited only to the water in the pipe. Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling can install an electric main water shut off valve that you can activate with your smart phone.
Prevent Pipes from Bursting while Away Long Periods of Time
When you are away from home for extended periods of time, cold temperatures inside your home during power outages are a real concern. The best way to be notified of a power outage is to equip your home with smart home automation technology that will 1) alert you when your power is out or the temperature drops inside your home, 2) notify you if a pipe does break, and 3) allow you to shut off the main valve remotely from any location.
But even without smart home automation technology you can still take steps to prevent frozen and burst pipes while you are away for the winter.
How to Winterize Your Plumbing While You Are Away
If you plan to be away from your home during the winter months, you need to take steps to prevent the pipes from freezing and bursting while you are away. It is best to call a highly-trained plumber to assist you in these steps, especially if it is your first time taking them. Considering the massive damage a broken pipe can cause, it’s worth it to take a little extra precaution.
- Invest in smart home automation technology systems like Anthony MyHome
- Turn off the main water service valve.
- Turn off the gas valve on the water heater, or if you have an electric water heater, turn off the breaker that supplies power to it.
- Open all indoor faucets, both hot and cold sides. This includes sinks, lavatories, showers, and bathtubs. Unhook the washing machine hoses and open these two valves. NOTE: If you have water filters or a water softener, these will also need to be drained.
- Flush all toilets to drain most of the water out of the tanks. Pour some propylene glycol (antifreeze — not ethylene glycol which is toxic and used in cars) in the tanks to mix with the remaining water and pour one pint of non-diluted antifreeze into each toilet bowl.
- Pour propylene glycol into each drain trap in the home. These include sinks, lavatories, tubs, showers, and the washing machine discharge pipe.
- If you have a sump pump, have a battery back-up sump pump which will activate, even if there is no power.
What to Do if Your Pipes Freeze, but Don’t Burst
If your pipes won’t deliver water and you suspect they might be frozen, take these steps immediately:
- Try all the faucets – is there only one or two that are frozen?
- Shut off your main water, to prevent further damage.
- Thaw the frozen pipes – use gentle heat from a hair dryer.
- Carefully restore water; once the pipe is thawed turn your main water valve back on and SLOWLY turn your faucet back on.
What to Do if Your Pipes Burst
If the worst happens and your pipes burst, turn off your water main and call a highly-trained plumber immediately. Plumbers at Anthony Plumbing, Heating & Cooling are in the field until midnight every night, and we have experts answering the phones 24/7 that can help you. Call us at A-N-T-H-O-N-Y, KS (913) or MO (816), 913-268-4669 or 816-268-4669.
Plumbing Kansas City| Properly Working Pipes Prevents Home and Health Damage
Owning a home and properly managing a building requires that you update the plumbing, cooling, and heating systems for the best efficiency and effectivity. If your residential or commercial components are not working optimally, you will experience slow draining sessions, and you could ruin the overall health of you and your piping system, causing you to spend more money on restorations and medical expenses.
People don’t often think about plumbing systems until they have a problem with their pipes. If your system is not properly running, you will waste a lot of water and money.
Are your toilet drains haywire and backed up? Human waste could potentially get all over your floors and into your body, which is an obvious health hazard and will make anyone sick, well, whoever comes into contact with this type of waste. This is a perfect reason why it is imperative to call Anthony Plumbing experts; we see issues like this on a regular basis.
We make sure that your plumbing runs smoothly in-and-out of your home or commercial property, so you don’t have to experience leaking or clogged pipes.
If you have a plumbing problem and don’t act quickly, this could lead to a costly devastation—including:
- Damaged walls and floors—the water build-up could cause mold and fungus to grow; these spores are damaging to humans and pets
- Excessive mold exposure may lead to respiratory problems that relate to breathing, irritation, nasal congestion, headaches, confusion, and many other symptoms
- If the water drip lasts too long, before you notice it, you may have to spend extra to replace your pipes, walls, and floors
- Backed up pipes that produce fecal matter, could lead to fatal health hazards
- Water waste
- A never-ending toilet that keeps running could be the cause of your skyrocket utility bill costs
If you notice that you have a plumbing problem early on, such as a small leak, it is vital to get it taken care of right away, we can’t stress this enough, otherwise, your problematic issue could soon make a turn for the worst, in a matter of days to weeks.
Whenever you notice a leak, give Anthony Plumbing a call and one of our contractors will make it our duty to solve your residential or commercial needs in Kansas City.
If you neglect your plumbing, your pipes could potentially burst; turning into a massive leak, which may require you to replace all of them.
Pipes Age Too!
Pipes go through a lot of wear and tear over time, from clogged drains to community pipe problems, our plumbing contractors see issues that pertain to:
- Drips (faucets)
- Slow draining systems
- Running toilet facilities
- Clogged drains: (source)
- Small and large leaks
- Pipe deterioration
Signs that your plumbing and piping system needs an assessment:
- Have you tried just about everything to unclog your drains; from liquid dissolvents to hair removal snakes? Are you experiencing a slow drain?
If this sounds familiar, then our plumbing contractors will help you get things moving along in no time!
- Have you noticed a slow and consistent water leak?
- Is it intermittent or continuous?
These are important questions to ask yourself before you give us a call. If you’ve tried everything you possibly can and nothing works, our plumbing contractors will come to the rescue and save you from enormous utility costs. We work 24/7 and around your schedule.
Update Residential & Commercial Plumbing
At Anthony plumbing, our contractors have over 15-years of experience and we have been serving communities in the Kansas City region for over 50-years; since 1951. From plumbing, heating, and cooling, we have you covered.
Our contractors don’t just fix your systems, but we make it a point to educate you, as education equips each and every customer with valuable knowledge that could potentially save you in the short and long-term.
When you are aware of the do’s and don’ts in the plumbing world, you will be able to teach your whole family or your employees about how to care for pipes; resulting in saved expenses.
We are committed to providing the best plumbing in Kansas City:
- We work around the clock. Have an emergency? Our contractors are available 7-days a week and are ready to provide solutions for your immediate pipe and plumbing demands
- We offer a quick and long-lasting fix
- Friendly customer service that cares about you and your family
Surprisingly, there are plenty of things that can clog your pipes. Below is a list of tips and several behaviors to avoid if you are trying to keep your drains clear of all debris:
- Remember to throw your fruit peels and leftovers in the trash can. Any fibrous food material can ruin your garbage disposal and blades. The food material will either expand or get trapped. When this happens, your motor can break, costing you more money
- Fatty oils and grease should never be discarded in your sinks
- Use a drain stopper to catch hair, floss, etc.
- Do not throw feminine hygiene products down toilets or in any drains, period (no pun intended)
- Avoid throwing eggshells in your disposal as this can also damage your sink, leading to plumbing issues
Plumbing Kansas City offers 100% customer satisfaction and continuous care. Whether you have a question about your plumbing, cooling, or heating systems, or want to learn more about monthly utility bill savings call us at 913-353-8444 or send us a message, this way, we can assess and improve your building’s pipes.
Click here to learn more about Anthony Plumbing in Kansas City today. Your pipes and utility bills will be proud you did.
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Your sump pump system is your main line of defense against indoor flooding, but only if it is working! If you have a finished basement, or if you are storing valuables in an unfinished basement, you should take regular steps to ensure that your sump pump system is working.
To be well protected against the devastating financial losses associated with indoor flooding, you need to do the following:
- Test your sump pump now, before the torrential rains and power outages do it for you, AND
- Invest in a Battery Back Up Sump Pump if you don’t already have one.