Winter can be brutal on your home’s pipes. When frozen, water can expand to exert up to 40 pounds of force per square inch. This leaves the surface of your pipes extra vulnerable. For this reason, we tend to see burst pipes when temperatures drop below freezing. If a pipe bursts in your home, the first step is to call a licensed plumber. The professional plumbers at Daniel’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning are trustworthy providers of emergency plumbing services in Austin, TX and surrounding areas. While you’re waiting for help to arrive, we recommend you do the following.
Turn Off the Water Main
The moment you suspect a pipe may have burst, quickly spring into action by turning off the water supply to your home. If you live in a single-family home or townhouse, the water shutoff valve will typically be located in the basement, crawlspace or somewhere in close proximity to your home’s water heater.
Drain All Your Faucets
After shutting off the water supply, some water may remain in your system. Remove any remaining water by simply turning on your faucets, cold water first. Then, allow excess water to flow out. After draining the cold water, turn off your water boiler and heating system, and repeat the same process with the hot water spigots.
Warm Up Your Pipes
After calling in the licensed experts and releasing the excess water, do your pipes a favor by warming them up. Turn up your home’s thermostat and open the doors of cabinets that house the pipes under your sink. If you are able to locate the suspected burst pipe, you may want to run a warm hairdryer over it.
Austin’s Plumbing Specialists
At Daniel’s Plumbing & Air Conditioning, we treat our business and customers like family. Therefore, you can always expect friendly, caring and helpful service when you need HVAC, water heater, drain cleaning or plumbing assistance. We’re known for working quickly without sacrificing quality.
Call us today to schedule service.