Residential Plumbing – Dealing With Frozen Pipes


A cold water pipe can be inconvenient, but a burst water pipe could be a bad dream. Slumped ceilings, flooding, demolished furniture, damaged electric systems, and a property that’s uninhabitable, are some of the effects of a burst water pipe ; effects that are very pricey and therefore the house owner wants to avoid at any price.

Because of this, the householder should take the highest care to stop this water disaster from happening-by taking the required steps to keep water pipes from freezing in the first instance and by unfreezing frozen water pipes instantly upon discovery. If nonetheless, despite a householder’s best efforts, a chilled water pipe bursts, it is important to contact an approved plumber instantly and he make the required repairs. While waiting for the plumber’s arrival nonetheless, making the following brief, emergency repairs can cut back the seriousness of the damage to one’s home, and the equivalent costs of fixing, noticeably :

Turn off water to stop it from entering the damaged pipe. If possible, turn off water at a local supply valve. Otherwise, turn off the main water supply to your home. In a house, the main stop valve is commonly (but not always) located under the kitchen sink. In an apartment with a shared water supply, the main stop valve is usually located in the place where the water supply enters the building. Note: In addition to taking those measures necessary to keep pipes from freezing in the first place, it is important that the homeowner determines exactly how to turn off the main water supply in the unfortunate event that a frozen pipe does burst and a local supply valve can not be located.

If there’s any likelihood of water coming into contact with electric wiring, the home’s electricity supply should be turned off instantly. Cut back the pressure in the damaged water pipe by opening the attached tap. Try and notice the section of the water pipe which has ruptured. To gather dripping water, place a bucket under the damaged portion of the water pipe.

Utilise a metal file to smooth any pointed edges found close to the ruptured section of the pipe. If you’re sufficiently lucky to get have acquired a mend clamp set, put one of the rubber sleeves in the kit over the rupture, place the metal fix clamps over the rubber sleeve, and screw the clamps together. If nevertheless, you don’t have a mend clamp set, do not despair. Simply cut a little of a garden hose ( more than sufficient to cover the ruptured area ) and cut it down the middle, splitting it open. Then place the hose over the area of the pipe which has ruptured and secure it with a pipe clamp or something similar, ensuring that the clamp is tight round the hose.

Check whether the “patch” is working by turning on the water supply. Watch the “patch” closely to make sure the leak does not worsen until more permanent repairs can be taken.

Remember nevertheless, that such repairs are of a non-permanent, emergency nature, intended to control damage. Such measures nonetheless, shouldn’t ever be assumed a replacement for the work of an approved plumber. On arrival, the plumber will replace the damaged section of the water pipe with a new pipe and / or make other obligatory repairs.

Culver City Plumbing and Los Angeles Plumbing is guaranteed to bring you with the most efficient and reasonably priced plumbing solutions for any predicament. Available 24/7, we are acutely aware of your uncomfort during emergencies, and thus do our very best to promptly arrive at your home or place of business.