We’ve had numerous calls from Lexington and Louisville over the past few days about how to handle frozen pipes. If your pipes are already frozen, you need to call us immediately. We can thaw out your pipes now, and repair the pipes that have frozen and split. The real problem comes when they thaw, if your water is not shut off you’re going to have a real mess on your hands. Shut off your water now, and call us.
When it gets this cold, every little bit helps, but at the same time battling these kinds of temperatures is certainly an uphill battle. If your plumbing is on an outside wall, it’s simply going to freeze in these conditions.
Going forward, here are a few things you can do to try and prevent your pipes from freezing.
1) Let your faucets drip. This keeps water moving through your pipes, and moving water takes longer to freeze.
2) Open your cabinets under your sinks and around your pipes. This allows more heat to flow around your pipes.
3) Turn the water supply to your outside spigots off, and open them up so they can drain.
4) Insulate any exposed pipes. This is a good tip anyways, as an insulated pipe will lose less heat and more efficiently transport your hot water.
5) Don’t want to or can’t do any of this yourself? Call us. Our technicians can winterize your entire plumbing system.