If your water isn’t flowing and your toilets aren’t refilling, your pipes may be frozen. During cold Alaskan winters, it is likely that pipes and water will freeze. When pipes freeze, it does more than just slow water flow. In fact, water that freezes in a pipe expands, rupturing the pipe. That’s why it’s important to hire a plumbing service like Anchorage, AK’s Arctic Chain Plumbing & Heating to thaw your frozen pipes.
Pipe thawing requires a number of steps. First, the plumbing contractor determines where the frozen pipes are. Then, he turns off the home's main water valve but opens the affected faucets and other hot water faucets. Next, he applies heat from an electronic heater, lamp, or another source.
This process should thaw out the pipes, but the homeowner must take preventative measures for the future. Always keep doors to the outside closed, but open bathroom and kitchen doors to stimulate warm air circulation around the plumbing. Try running a little water from your faucet to create a flow through the pipes, and relocate pipes from highly susceptible areas such as exterior walls if needed. You can also add insulation to areas such as attics, basements, and walls to preserve and increase heat around the pipes, and wrap pipes with electrical heat tape. In worse case scenarios, get a plumber to repair cracked or worn pipes.
If you suspect that you have frozen pipes, it doesn’t matter if it’s 3 p.m. or 3 a.m. Arctic Chain Plumbing & Heating is on call 24/7 for any kind of plumbing repairs. The company uses the highest quality equipment for its plumbing services while remaining affordable for their customers. Call the plumbing contractors at (907) 344-2060 and visit them online for more information on their plumbing services.