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Preventing frozen pipes before they happen

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You may have noticed that winter weather has arrived in the DC area, which means that you should definitely keep your Fairfax, VA plumbing serviceman on speed dial in the event that something goes wrong with your plumbing system. One common problem is frozen pipes, which can lead to significant damage totaling thousands of dollars in repairs. Many articles on the internet focus on how to fix a frozen pipe, but few seem to offer advice on how to prevent this problem from happening in the first place.

In this article we'll talk about a few methods for avoiding frozen pipes, an issue which can eventually cause them to burst and leak into your home:

  • Close any openings that are letting cold air into your walls: Closely inspect your walls outside and determine if there are any places where cold air may be entering and coming into contact with your pipes. Patch these up with caulk.
  • Don't put them on the outside walls of your house: This is a remedy that applies whenever you're having new plumbing installed. Make sure that your DC plumbing technician has the piping installed so that it runs along the inside walls of your house, away from the cold air outside.
  • Fit your pipes with insulation sleeves: You can purchase pipe insulation at just about any hardware store, and it does a pretty good job of keeping your pipes at least above freezing temperatures.

These solutions may require the services of a plumber from John C. Flood who can fix the problem quickly so that you don't have to worry about frozen pipes for the rest of winter. Give us a call today and we'll see how we can help!