It’s never a good thing when the pipes in your Highland Park, Illinois, home freeze. If only one side of your house’s pipes are frozen, you’re probably wondering why and what to do about it. Keep reading to learn more about frozen pipes, including why they freeze, and how to avoid this problem in the future.
Why Do Pipes Freeze?
Living in a geographical area where the temperature dips below freezing puts your home at risk for frozen pipes. This can be dangerous because they have the potential to burst. As a result, you could end up without running water. If you’re snowed in for several days, the last thing you want is to go without water. This impacts your ability to do dishes, take showers, wash your clothes and more.
When pipes freeze, the water inside of them freezes. This creates immense pressure between any closed faucets and where the blockage occurs. As a result, the pipe may burst. If it does, there’s a good chance any unfrozen water will leak out everywhere, including in your home and outside. The water that leaks outside will likely freeze, which translates into dangerous slippery conditions.
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes?
The pipes on one side of the house may freeze because there are fewer pipes on that side. If you’re not using water that travels through those pipes, they have a higher likelihood of freezing. Pipes on a side of the house that’s poorly insulated or old pipes are also more likely to burst.
That’s why it’s so important to leave every faucet on in the house when the temperature dips below freezing for an extended period of time. You don’t have to turn them on full blast. Turning them on so that the faucet simply trickles should suffice.
Carefree Comfort, Inc. specializes in a variety of emergency plumbing repair services. Contact us today at 847-388-0115 if your pipes are frozen. A licensed plumber will visit your home and perform an inspection and repair any issues.
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