Voluntown, Connecticut
43 Lillibridge Ave
Voluntown, CT 06384
(860) 376-3388

How to Tackle & Prevent Frozen Pipes February 21, 2019

Voluntown, New London
How to Tackle & Prevent Frozen Pipes, Voluntown, Connecticut

Winter can be particularly hard on your property’s plumbing system. Water pipes installed on exterior walls and in uninsulated areas can freeze when temperatures drop. The water inside the channels turns to ice and expands, causing blockages that put a strain on the fixtures. Vulnerable areas can crack from the pressure, resulting in leaks. Taking steps to winterize pipes will prevent leaks that cause property damage and high water bills. If pipes do freeze, the actions highlighted below will minimize or reduce the risk of damage. 

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes This Winter

plumbingKeeping uninsulated areas warm prevents frozen pipes. If pipes run through the attic, basement, closets, and kitchen and bathroom cabinets, keep the doors to these places open. This will help air from heated areas filter to the uninsulated spaces. For extra protection, place foam or rubber insulation around pipes to help the fixtures retain heat. You can also install insulation in rooms that don’t have heat. Doing so will prevent frozen pipes while increasing property efficiency and household comfort. Keeping water moving will stop the channels from freezing, so let cold water drip from faucets when not in use.

What to Do When the Fixtures Have Frozen

If water won’t come out of faucets or there’s only a slight trickle, frozen pipes could be to blame. If you see frost forming on visible pipes, chances are the water inside is frozen. As pipes could burst, turn off the main water shut-off valve to property plumbing. Doing so will stop the flow of water through the plumbing system as you try to thaw the pipes. Exposing the metal to heat—by wrapping an electric blanket around it, blowing hot air on it from a hair dryer, or placing a space heater nearby—will help. If the pipe hasn’t burst, you can switch the main back on and turn on faucets. You’ll know pipes have thawed when water pressure is restored. If a pipe has burst, don’t turn the water back on until the damage is repaired.


For help preventing or repairing frozen pipes, contact the crew at McGuire Plumbing & Heating. Based in Voluntown, CT, and serving clients in New London and Windham counties, the plumbers will treat fixtures to prevent ruptures, clogged drains, and additional headaches caused by low temperatures in the Northeast. They will also de-winterize the system to improve performance in the warmer months. To schedule plumbing repairs or maintenance, call (860) 376-3388. Visit the technicians online to learn about their services and history in the community.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from McGuire Plumbing & Heating LLC
3 Tips for Plumbing Winterization, Voluntown, Connecticut
The long winter season can wreak havoc on your home. This is why you should take extra precautions to make sure it’s properly prepared to withstand the season’s inclement weather and...read more
3 Common Causes of Toilet Leaks, Voluntown, Connecticut
Toilet leaks are common plumbing problems that can be caused by a variety of factors. If your toilet is leaking, it's going to need to be off-limits until it's fixed, since flushing ...read more
4 FAQ About Plumbing, Voluntown, Connecticut
Taking care of your plumbing system is essential. You use it every day, and breakdowns can require costly remediation. The following are answers to common questions plumbers receive ...read more
A Guide to the Different Types of Toilets, Voluntown, Connecticut
Toilet technology has come a long way in the last few decades. When you decide to upgrade these fixtures, you may be amazed at all the options available to you. Here are a few of the...read more
How to Maintain Your Home Plumbing System, Voluntown, Connecticut
As a homeowner, caring for your plumbing system plays a key role in ensuring that your family can safely drink water, take showers, and do laundry. Maintaining the fixtures...read more