It’s winter in Phoenix and we’ve been getting a lot of calls to come out and treat freezing pipes. It is important to protect your pipes and your plumbing system in cold weather. It is especially important if you plan to be away from home for long periods of time. If your plumbing in Mesa (or any Phoenix valley city) is having issues with the winter weather, Ben Franklin Plumbing AZ is here to help.
First, have you ever wondered what happens if pipes freeze? When water freezes in a pipe, it expands the same way a soda can would. If it expands enough, the pipe bursts and could result in serious damage. In Arizona, just like other warm climate states, our pipes are more vulnerable to freezing because most of them are located in areas outside of the main insulation. Pipes and valves on outside walls or in the attics are the most common trouble spots.
Second, here’s what you can do to protect your pipes in freezing temperatures.
On the inside: If you will be away from home for days at a time, make sure that all of your pipes are kept warm, especially in spaces that receive little or no heat. If any pipes will stay exposed to freezing temperatures, open up one faucet with a very small drip to keep water moving through the pipes.
On the outside: Protect your pipes as you would protect your plants. Cover up your outside faucets with foam or towels to insulate them.
Planning to be away from home this water? Remember to leave your contact information with a neighbor. You might consider giving them a key to your home, too, and leaving your preferred plumber’s contact information behind should an emergency occur.
Third, if a water pipe bursts, here’s what to do: turn off the water at the main shut-off valve and if possible open a hose bib to relieve pressure until repairs can be done.
If you open a faucet and water does not come out, you may be dealing with a frozen pipe. Give Ben Franklin Plumbing AZ a call so that our plumbers can come out and assess the situation. (602) 273-1740