Posted on: January 8, 2021
By: Alan O'Neill
Posted in: Helpful Tips, Houston Tx, Local News, Plumbing, Video Tips
The weather forecast for North Texas in winter will start with temperatures in the mid to high 70s, but it won’t take long for the temperature to drop. Soon, we could see record-low temperatures, a hard freeze, ice storms or more. When the temperatures drop, certain pipes, especially outdoor pipes, pipes in unheated areas, areas with little insulation, are all at risk of freezing. And frozen pipes could add up to major water leaks and damage.
When water freezes it expands, which creates pressure within a pipe as the liquid water turns to ice. As the pressure increases, it puts a huge strain on the pipe and can cause it to burst. Water will continue to flow out of the break until the water supply is shut off. When a pipe bursts, you’ll have to clean up the mess, pay for an emergency plumbing service call, and make repairs to your home.
When a frozen pipe bursts, you should immediately shut off the water supply. Everyone living in your house should know where the valve is located and how the vale operates. Next, you should call a plumber for immediate repairs. You should avoid the flooded area and be cautious of your electrical system. If you suspect a problem, you should turn off the electricity at your main fuse box. Your next call after the plumber arrives should be to a professional cleaning and restoration company to clean up the mess and dry out the damaged area. You may also need to have your foundation inspected to prevent further damage.
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