Frozen Pipe Repair
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area deals with frigid cold temperatures every winter and cold temperatures bring frozen pipes. Many of the homes built in and around Northeastern Pennsylvania were constructed many years ago and lack adequate insulation of water pipes and sewer lines.
While frozen pipes can cause a great deal of stress with being without water, having a pipe burst on you can create an even bigger headache. There are some things you can do to help prevent a disaster in your home.
- Pipes located in cold areas (attics, crawlspaces, basements, cold walls, etc) are more prone to freezing, especially if they are under insulated or tend to let cold air in. Consider insulating or re-routing the pipes so they aren’t exposed to extreme cold temperatures.
- Insulate your pipes. We recommend foam insulation which could be purchased at almost any hardware store. Even newspaper will help.
- Keep the water running to a trickle of both cold and warm water on the furthest faucet from your main water line. This helps keep water moving and makes it more difficult for pipes to freeze. Be advised, the warm water line is actually the most likely line to freeze.
If you find yourself in a plumbing emergency, be sure to turn off the water and contact us as soon as possible.