What Can Happen When Frozen Pipes Thaw?

Burst Pipe..We are Past the Prevention of Frozen Pipes.  Are you ready for Part 2? It may happen this Sunday.

As a reminder to our valued customers, we want to warn everyone of the dangers and damage caused when frozen pipes start thawing, so you can be prepared in the event that happens. 

We are past the prevention stage of frozen pipes.  The extreme, sustained cold conditions we’ve had have already left many area homeowners with frozen pipes. We want to remind homeowners that your frozen pipes now may be a future problem in the making.

When your pipes freeze, that’s already an inconvenience of itself.  When the water freezes, it expands and oftentimes will split or break the pipes.  That’s not a problem until they thaw, which could happen this Sunday.  When they thaw, the water at full pressure comes through, and you could have a disaster on your hands.  These thawing pipes could be in your walls, ceilings, attics, crawl space or basement.

“Be on the alert, the forecast for Sunday is for temperatures to rise above freezing,” says Joe Ranck.

With temperatures expected above freezing on Sunday, Joe reminds us to be diligent and do the following:

  • Stay home if you can and be alert for the sound of running water.  If you can’t, turn off your water until you return.
  • Make sure you know where to turn off the water to the whole house.  Just a couple of minutes of water coming from a broken pipe can cause thousands of dollars of damage.
  • If you have shut off valves that can isolate the area where the frozen pipes are, turn them off now.

If you need Emergency Service, give us a call at 717-397-2577. For our Lin Good and Son customers, call 717-445-5401.