James River Air Conditioning Company

Frozen Pipes – 20 minutes can save you thousands of dollars & a major headache

These simple steps can help you prevent frozen pipes when the temperatures plummet.

The pipes most at risk are those in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, and garages. But even pipes running through cabinets or exterior walls can freeze. The good news is there are some easy things you can do to keep your water running and your house dry.

Don’t forget your outdoor faucets.

In frosty temperatures, the outdoor water spigots installed on the wall of your home can easily freeze and burst. Unfortunately, the rupture in the pipe often occurs just inside the walls of your home, where it can lead to water damage if not quickly spotted. But it’s easy to prevent this problem with a couple of winterizing steps.

Here’s how to thaw frozen pipes if you wake up to problems.

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, it’s likely a frozen pipe. There are a couple of steps you can take to try to solve the problem yourself.

Call James River Air if you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe.

What to do if you have a burst pipe?

When a pipe ruptures, act quickly to prevent as much water damage as possible until you can get professional help from a plumber.

Caution: If you need to drain the water from your pipes, first turn off your water heater according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

We hope that these simple preventive steps will save you from having any problems. But if you do end up with frozen or burst pipes that you cannot fix, our experienced plumbers are ready to come get your pipes running properly. Just give us a call at (804) 358-9333!