Frozen Pipes: What to Watch Out for

a pipe showing the effects of freeze damageSummer seems like just yesterday. You may not be thinking much about the chill in the air and the upcoming winter, but your pipes should be prepared for the extreme weather change. Because you don’t see what’s going on inside your pipes, you may be unaware of potential problems until it’s too late.

Don’t let frozen pipes be a problem in your Utah home. Be aware of the signs of plumbing problems.

A Foul Odor

If you notice a foul odor near your kitchen sink or toilet but you can’t find the source, it could be due to something inside the pipes. Pouring hot water down the drains can help remove the blockage before it blocks the flow of water completely. If this doesn’t eliminate the smell, you may need to call a plumbing contractor to see what the real problem is.

Barely Any Water

If there is water frozen inside your pipes, this will prevent water from flowing. As a result, even if you open the faucet, you don’t get any water. That’s when the pipes are completely frozen. Even if they are not completely frozen, however, you will notice that the water pressure is low and that you barely get any trickle. During cold weather, it’s recommended to let the faucet run for a few minutes just to make sure water inside the pipes is not freezing up. Thawing the pipe also prevents them from bursting.

Frost on the Pipes

A quick inspection of the pipes may save you from costly damages. If you notice that the water flow is not strong and the temperatures are dangerously low, check the pipes for any sign of frost on the outside. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have frozen water inside, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Acting as early as possible will save you from headaches and unnecessary repair costs in the future.