Spring is right around the corner and that means everything is beginning to thaw. While, for the most part, this is a great time of year, it can be a particularly unfortunate season for your pipes. During the winter, temperatures drop and the water inside pipes freezes. When water freezes, it expands and puts enormous stress on your pipes. As it thaws, the pipes can leak or burst, potentially causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Common areas where pipes freeze

It isn’t likely that a frozen pipe will occur inside an occupied property’s main dwelling area. Temperatures are usually kept high enough that freezing is uncommon. Places where you’re most likely to find a frozen pipe include:

    • Unfinished basements. If you don’t heat your basement, it could be cold enough to freeze pipes. Heat rises to the top level of the home, leaving an unfinished basement downright frigid.
    • Garages. Any garage piping that isn’t near the hot water heater is susceptible to freezing.
    • Outdoors. Pipes that are exposed to the elements outside are much more likely to freeze. A common example is lawn and garden irrigation pipes.

Warning signs of frozen pipes

Telltale signs that your pipes have frozen include:

    • Visible ice. If you notice a layer of ice on any exposed piping, the water inside is probably frozen, too.
    • Low water pressure. Blockages caused by ice will lower your water pressure, resulting in weak flow.
    • Damp areas of drywall. Soggy spots on drywall are an indication that a pipe could be frozen and leaking.
    • Strange sounds or odors. Blocked and frozen pipes can emit odd sounds and smells. If your sinks or tubs have been smelling strange lately or you hear unexplainable noises from within the walls, there could be a major problem.

What to do when you suspect frozen pipes

If you think your pipes are frozen or know they have burst, follow these steps outlined in a previous article. You should always call an experienced plumber to help fix the situation. At Bieg Plumbing, our master plumbers have access to commercial-grade technology that can thaw pipes quickly and safely.

If a simple thaw won’t solve the issue, we offer repair and replacement services. Depending on the severity of the leak, we can re-line an affected pipe or replace it entirely. This gives you peace of mind that not only is the immediate problem fixed, but your plumbing system is in good overall condition.

Bieg Plumbing has operated in the St. Louis area for over 50 years. During that time, we’ve earned an exceptional reputation for quality work and professional service. We do not recommend trying to fix a frozen or burst pipe yourself, as you will probably do more harm than good. Get the job done right the first time and save yourself any future headaches. If you think your pipes are frozen or have burst, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’re available 24/7 to handle any plumbing emergency.

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