Even though we are only entering the Thanksgiving season, the Texas weather is unpredictable. With cold-fronts expected to come through, the sudden change in temperature can do some unexpected damage to your pipes.
Unfortunately, pipe problems due to freezing aren’t apparent until it is too late and an emergency plumbing job is required. If you think that your pipes may be susceptible to freezing, we have some tips to pinpoint the problem of frozen pipes, as well as how to be proactive before the harsh winter hits.
You Notice a Funny Smell
When your pipes get to the point of being frozen, the old water and another build-up near your drains will have nowhere to go. Once this old water and gunk begin to settle in your pipes, you may begin to notice a musty odor emitting from your sink or tub drains. Any time you notice a foul odor from your tap, you should consider something is wrong with your plumbing. Even if your pipes aren’t frozen, this is also a sign to call out a licensed plumber for an expert opinion and fix.
There is No Access to Water
One of the most obvious signs of a frozen pipe is when there is no access to water. If the weather has been a perfect storm of freezing temperatures, and you notice that your taps are just a trickle, it’s time to call out an emergency plumber to get your pipes thawed out.
Your Pipes Are Frosted Over
If you’ve ever seen a pipe that wasn’t insulated after a winter storm, it’s easy to tell if it is frozen. Usually, with pipes on the outside of the house, exposure to the elements can lead to a frosted finish on the exterior of the plumbing.
If you notice these signs, your pipes are most likely frozen already or well on their way to becoming a plumbing emergency. It is important to remember, that frozen pipes are something that should never be ignored. They can easily lead to expensive water bursts that can cause even further damage to your home. Knowing the signs and taking action is extremely important.
Be Proactive with Your Pipes This Winter
Although the thought of your pipes being frozen over can be scary for a homeowner, there are steps that can be taken to avoid pipe repair this winter. Aside from the usual pipe insulation that homeowners do when winter approaches, some other proactive tips to have your plumber perform include:
- Fixing any dripping faucets
- Servicing your home’s boiler
- Draining your system if you are going to be out of town for an extended period of time.
Worried About Frozen Pipes? Let Plumbing Dynamics Set Your Mind at Ease
Plumbing Dynamics is a Carrollton-based plumbing company that specializes in emergency plumbing needs. If you have pipe problems or are looking for ways to be proactive without dangerous DIY methods, our team of experts and licensed professionals are available to help. Reach out to us to find out more about the plumbing services that we offer across the North Dallas area.