Burst plumbing pipes in kitchen or bathroom due to freezing are a real and serious risk during New Jersey’s cold winter months. It’s easy for pipes in many parts of your home to experience sub-zero temperatures that lead the water sitting inside them to freeze and expand, with potentially disastrous consequences.
If one of your pipes becomes frozen, it’s important to get plumbing repair service as soon as possible to fix or prevent a resulting burst pipe.
At 2Plumbers, we’re available 24/7 for emergency plumbing pipe repair service for burst or frozen pipes, and we can also install insulation and other preventive measures to stop your pipes from freezing in the first place.
Unlike most substances, water expands as it freezes. This means that when water freezes inside of a pipe, it will get larger, increasing the outward pressure on the walls of the pipes. This pressure can be enough to literally cause the pipe to burst completely.
If you have a burst pipe, it’s important to turn off the water supply to prevent flooding. Otherwise, you’ll have water cascading out from under your sink or behind your walls.
Plumbing pipe repair for burst frozen pipes will often involve removing the ruined section of pipe, which is generally unsalvageable at that point. We can then replace it with new piping. To do so, we’ll first ensure that the water main is shut off. Then, we use pipe cutters to remove the damaged sections, then cut and attach a new section of pipe to replace it. This generally involves using a propane torch to solidly weld the new pipe into place.
Thawing Frozen Pipes
To avoid plumbing repair for frozen pipes, it’s best to prevent them from freezing in the first place. It helps to recognize what areas are most prone to frozen pipes; this can include pipes in outside walls, beneath sinks, and otherwise in areas that may not be as well insulated from outside temperatures.
To prevent frozen pipes and burst pipes during the winter, you can take several precautions:
- Keeping faucets dripping overnight
- Turning off the water main while you’re out of town
- Opening cabinet doors under kitchen and bathroom sinks to let warm indoor air inside
- Setting your thermostat to sixty-five degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Making sure your home’s walls are adequately insulated
Prevent water plumbing disaster
These key steps can prevent a plumbing disaster by significantly reducing your risk of frozen pipes. If the pipes don’t freeze, you won’t need to worry about burst pipes at all. Burst pipes are one of the leading reasons for emergency plumbing pipe repair in New Jersey, and the damage can be costly. It also creates a flooding risk when the ice melts and water flow resumes, at which point it will simply spray out of a burst pipe.
To find out more about preventing frozen pipes during the winter, or to call a plumbing contractor in NJ for burst pipe repairs today, call us any time at 2Plumbers, at 201-765-0466.