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Thawing and Preventing Frozen Water Pipes

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With the freezing temperatures here in Savoy, IL, water and drainpipes are at risk of becoming frozen themselves. While we do handle burst pipes and major plumbing disasters, Lanz Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. does not offer the service of thawing frozen pipes (water or drain) for the following reasons:

However, because we love our customers and we don’t want to leave you out in the cold, we’ve put together this guide to help you understand why frozen pipes occur, how to prevent them, and how to thaw them if you do get one:

Frozen Pipes Occur for 4 Basic Reasons

  1. Installation of pipes in an unconditioned space without adequate protection
  2. Insufficient heat in the area of the freeze
  3. Hoses left on outdoor spigots
  4. Cracks or voids allowing cold air to infiltrate spaces where pipes are located

Why Pipes Burst

When water freezes it expands. When a pipe bursts, the break does not necessarily occur at the exact spot where the ice blockage is located. Ice expansion will exert pressure against the pipe wall, but also pressurizes the water trapped between the ice and a closed valve or fixture.

As water continues to freeze and expand inside the pipe, it causes the trapped water to continue to increase in pressure. The increased pressure may cause a pipe to burst in a location where there is no ice blockage. The best practice is to be proactive with preventative maintenance before winter begins.

Preventive steps to take

1. Before cold weather sets in:

2. After cold weather sets in:

Tips for Thawing Exposed Frozen Pipes

Tips for Thawing Concealed Pipes

What to Do if the Pipe Bursts

Dealing with a burst pipe? Lanz Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc. is your go-to resource for all things related to your home’s plumbing. We care about our customers and our team is standing by, ready to handle any major plumbing issue. Give us a call today!

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