If you haven’t given your frozen pipes a thawt since the colder days, then you might want to. Pardon our cheesy humor, but it’s important to remember that those frozen pipes will thaw and they’re going to start leaking water from where there was ice. What can you do?
Well, when it comes to plumbing in Vermilion, AB, you can always call our team. They don’t call us Lloydminster’s plumbing and heating authority for no reason! But also, while you wait for our plumbers to arrive and fix your new problem, there are a few things you can do to mitigate damage and keep your home safe.
Remember—burst pipes can start leaking a lot of water depending on the size of the rupture. It’s important to survey the damage so you’re prepared for what’s to come and so that you’re not surprised by any new problems ahead.
How They Form
If you can recall, only a few short weeks ago it was below freezing by a wide margin. Temperatures were cold enough to freeze pretty much anything outside of our homes. When your plumbing pipes that are not insulated begin to freeze, the water inside them can expand which leads to a rupture in the pipe itself.
The complicated part about this is that your pipes might not start immediately leaking from the rupture. Remember, the water is frozen inside of your pipes, which means nothing can drip out until that ice thaws.
Here’s the Problem
Fast forward to this week. As temperatures are starting to warm up and we’re enjoying the first tidbits of spring, that frozen water in your pipes is going to start to thaw and leak everywhere it can. Many burst pipes and pipe ruptures will be pretty large, so unless you act fast, your plumbing system and the safety of your home can be in some serious danger.
Fight the Sudden Leaks
Here are a few ways you can help us fight against a sudden onslaught of leaking pipes from ice that has thawed.
- Turn off your water. The first thing you should always do when you encounter a pipe leak is to turn off your water. This will mean that no matter how large it is or how bad the damage might be, you won’t keep wasting water and you won’t have to continually clean the mess until it’s all fixed up.
- Locate the leak and mop up any water. It’s important to locate the leak. While our team can definitely help you locate it and repair it, it’s up to you to clean up the water with some rags and towels, and assess whether or not you’ll need to move certain furniture or family heirlooms.
- Call for help. Don’t skip this step! You will absolutely need professional help when it comes to fixing your (now leaking) burst pipe! Our team can provide fast pipe repairs that aim at locating and fixing your pipe that’s leaking. We can also give you some tips on how to better insulate your pipes for the winter to come!