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How to Avoid Frozen Pipes

Beautiful frost pattern on a window in blue tones. Can be used as a winter / holiday background.With temperatures still hovering in the high 80’s and low 90’s last week, it’s hard to imagine the need for a discussion around frozen pipes. However, the official start of fall is here in just a few days, and with the seasonal change comes a change in temperature. In fact, our temperatures drop to below 30° Fahrenheit—below the point of freezing—by late October, on average.

This means that the unthinkable could very well happen. That’s right, you can find yourself dealing with frozen pipes. While we have the resources you need to find a professional Waterloo, IA plumber, we’re happy to help you by sharing some tips on how to defend against frozen pipes before they even occur.

First, Empty Your Plumbing System

The pipes that are at the highest risk of freezing are though in which do not have the right insulation. We’re talking about external pipes and pipes in areas such as the basement. If you are not planning on using a particular pipe or set of pipes during the winter—particularly if it’s located in a draft area—then you should cut off the flow of water to that pipe and open the faucet.

Drain out the water left in the pipe. There will be some water leftover, but not enough to freeze to the point that it will stop the flow of water or cause any breakage to the pipes.

Then, Insulate Necessary Pipes

There are some pipes within your home that are prone to freezing. For instance, the pipes under your sink are still going to be used throughout the winter. Obviously, you’re unable to just shut off the water to pipes such as these, so you’ll need to consider other options.

One option is to insulate these pipes using individual insulation sleeves. These can be found pretty widely. However, if you don’t have access to these or need a “quick fix,” you could wrap towels around the pipes to protect them from cold temperatures. Every little bit helps when it comes to protecting your pipes from freezing temperatures.

And if you do suffer from frozen pipes, or burst pipes due to freezing, simply call our team for repairs as soon as you can. The quicker we’re able to look at the problem, the better off your plumbing system will be.

How Can I Tell If My Pipes Are Frozen?

One sign that your water pipes might be frozen is a light water flow form your shower or sinks. This could also be the sign of a clog too, so don’t chalk it up to the former problem. If you do have water flow, you can try slowly running lukewarm water to resolve the issue, but you will still need insulation and may need plumbing services to prevent the pipes from further freezing.

At Dalton Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Electric and Fireplaces, Inc., your comfort is our promise! To set up an appointment, give us a call at the number above, email or

schedule an appointment online.

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