It’s a good idea to know what causes the pipes to freeze in your house, especially if you live in a cold region. Here in Texas it may not happen often, but we have been know to have some chilly nights that drop below freezing. You need to know how to handle the hazard before you are faced with it. Preventing the frozen dilemma is much less expensive versus the damage caused by the frozen water.
Water isn’t the only issue with a frozen pipe; the other issue is the pressure inside of the pipe. As water freezes, it takes up more space and pushes the water toward the faucet. The pipe will burst when the pressure builds between the faucet and the blockage.
The pressure isn’t great enough for the pipe to burst upstream or at the top of the pipe because the water can go back to its original source. However, when it freezes, you can also be faced with water in between the walls and flooring.
In the Texas area, if you have high water pressure, you can also have busted pipes. You need to take the same steps to check for those issues as well.
If you are unsure of where to shut off the water, you can also install a form faucet cover or frost-free hose bib, but it might require some general plumbing skills, soldering, and caulking.
That’s a lot of water to waste. It is best to have a trained professional check your Leander home to diagnose if you need any plumbing repair taken care of before the pipes decide it is time to split!