As a professional plumber in Tampa, we feel it is our duty to warn you about a very real danger, even in sunny Florida: pipe freezes.
What Do I Do When My Pipes Freeze?
First off, be proactive and a bit vigilant. Watch the weather report at this time of year. if the temperature drops below 38 degrees, wrap your pipes, and/or leave a trickle of water running.
Otherwise, you are likely going to have to get on the phone to an emergency plumber. There are some emergency steps that you can take yourself, however.
Here is some helpful information from the American Red Cross:
“Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.
Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
Pipes can be relocated by a professional if the home is remodeled.
Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
For more information, please contact a licensed plumber or building professional.”
Are Pipe Freezes a Problem in Florida?
Florida is blessed with sunny and warm weather year round, but even someplace as balmy as Tampa can get cold enough for pipes to freeze. In fact roughly 5 years, the temperature got down to 31 degrees. Anything below 38 is cold enough to freeze pipes that aren’t insulated. One time in the sixties, it got down to 18 °F. We know what you’re thinking. Big deal one, maybe two days out of every year it gets cold. I’ll just heat my house up and I’ll be fine. Unfortunately, as your intake pipe is outside, it doesn’t matter how warm your home is, you can still get a pipe freeze. And the freezing isn’t the worst part. It’s when the water starts to thaw. Water expands under great pressure in the pipes and then they shatter.
So be smart. Don’t be a statistic. Call a licensed plumber in Tampa for help in winterizing your pipes.
PUR Plumbing Inc.
7139 Mitchell Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL. 34655
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