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Frozen Pipe Repair in Maryland

When temperatures begin dropping to below freezing, there’s a chance that the water in your pipes will freeze – especially if your pipes aren’t properly insulated. When this happens, the pipes could expand and burst, which could result in some serious water damage to your home.

If you think that you have an issue with frozen pipes, you’ll want to schedule one of our professional plumbers at Stang Plumbing & Heating to come and perform a thorough inspection of your plumbing.

Signs Your Pipes Might Be Frozen

If you notice any of the following signs that your pipes may be frozen, contact us immediately to schedule an inspection. We will determine if your pipes have frozen or if they have burst and make the necessary repairs.

  1. Your pipes are producing strange sounds - If you hear a bubbling noise whenever you use the toilet or sink, it’s because air isn’t able to escape to the sewer lines. Other sounds to listen for include whistling, clanking or banging sounds. You’ll want to have the pipes inspected right away – increased water pressure could cause the pipes to burst.
  2. There’s water damage or leaks in your walls - If a frozen pipe has burst, then it could leak water into your walls and ceiling. If you notice wet spots on a ceiling and it’s not a ceiling that’s right below the roof, then there’s a good chance it’s from a broken pipe.
  3. There are problems with the flow of water – If you turn a faucet on and water either doesn’t come out or it comes out in an uneven, slow stream, then there may be a clog in the pipe (caused by ice) or a break.
  4. There’s condensation on your pipes – If you notice any condensation or frost built up on the pipes in your home that are exposed, then you should avoid turning on the water. It’s a pretty good sign that your pipes are frozen and turning on the water could result in the pipes bursting if they haven’t already.
  5. There’s a strange odor – Strange odors usually signify that there’s backup or that one of your pipes is broken.

If your pipes are frozen, then you can still save them by thawing them out. However, because the majority of your plumbing is hidden behind walls and under floors, identifying where the pipes are frozen can be quite challenging – much less reaching your frozen pipes in order to attempt to thaw them out.

Instead of attempting to this yourself, have one of our professional plumbers come identify the frozen pipes and thaw them out for you. We will also make sure that no damage has been done to your pipes. If there was damage, we’ll repair them. In order to prevent your pipes from freezing over during the winter, have your pipes insulated.

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If you think that your pipes have frozen over, then be sure to contact us at Stang Plumbing & Heating in order to schedule a thorough inspection of your plumbing system today.

 

 

 

Preventing Frozen Pipes

Keeping your pipes from freezing during the upcoming winter should be high in your list of priorities when it comes to home maintenance tasks for this season. If your pipes freeze, there’s a good chance that they may burst. This happens because when the water remaining inside of the pipe freezes, it will expand inside of the pipe, which in turn can cause the pipe to crack or break.

When a frozen pipe bursts, it can cause several problems. First of all, you’ll have issues getting water throughout your home. Secondly, a burst pipe can result in serious water damage.

How to Protect Your Pipes From Freezing

 

The following are a few tips that you should follow to help prevent your pipes from freezing this winter:

  • Insulate your pipes – Pipes that aren’t hidden in the walls are exposed to cold air, which can be an issue if they are located in areas of the home that aren’t typically heated, like the basement. While you can attempt to insulate your pipes on your own to help keep cold air from penetrating the pipes and freezing any water within them, a professional will be able to do so more effectively.
  • Insulate your walls – If your home isn’t properly insulated, then heat is going to escape while cold air will be able to penetrate your walls more easily. By ensuring that your walls are properly insulated, you’ll reduce the risk of cold air reaching the pipes within your walls.
  • Keep your heat on – If the heat in your home remains on, then the air will never drop to a temperature in which your pipes freezing becomes an actual risk. While this won’t be that difficult to do when you’re at home (odds are you’re going to use the heat when temperatures drop to freezing levels), you may not think about this if you go out of town for an extended period of time, such as on winter vacation. Make sure that you leave the heat on so that the temperature in your home remains roughly around 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This will ensure that your pipes won’t freeze but also that you don’t waste too much energy heating an empty house.
  • Turn your water off - If you know that you’re going to be out of town for a while during the winter and you don’t want to leave your heat on, then one option is to turn off the main water valve. While this won’t prevent your pipes from freezing over (there will always be a little water left in the pipes that can be frozen, after all), it will prevent potential water damage if a pipe does freeze and break.

Frozen Pipe Repair in Maryland

These are a few of the tips that you should follow in order to prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting during the winter months. If you need to have your pipes insulated or repaired, or you simply want to have your plumbing system inspected before winter hits, be sure to contact us at Stang Plumbing & Heating today.

Winter Plumbing Tips

Now that winter is right around the corner, you’ll want to begin taking steps to protect your home against the cold temperatures and the harsh elements that the season is known for. This includes taking preventative action and performing maintenance on your home’s plumbing system in order to avoid any serious problems from developing over the course of the winter. The following are six winter plumbing tips that you should follow:

  1. Protect your pipes – One of the most serious problems your plumbing can experience during the winter is frozen pipes. When pipes freeze over, they’re more likely to burst, which can result in flooding that can cause some serious water damage to your home’s structure and to your possessions. To prevent your pipes from freezing over, insulate them by having them wrapped in foam.
  2. Fix all leaks – Make sure that there aren’t any leaks in your home by checking all of the faucets in your bathrooms and kitchen. Check for leaks in any exposed pipes as well and be on the lookout for water damage that could signal a leak in the pipes hidden in your walls. If you spot any leaks, schedule a plumber right away.
  3. Have your hot water heater inspected – The last thing you want is to suddenly be without hot water in the middle of winter. Have a professional plumber drain and inspect your hot water heater to ensure that there are no issues. If there are, you’ll want to have your hot water repaired or replaced before it gets too cold outside.
  4. Clean the sump pump pit – Because your sump pump can freeze if it’s exposed to cold weather, you’ll want to clean the sump pump pit out. You should also inspect the sump pump itself to make sure that it’s in working order. If the sump pump doesn’t work as it should, water could end up flooding your basement during a winter rainstorm, resulting in serious water damage.
  5. Close the drain shut-off valves that lead outdoors - Water that remains in the outside lines can freeze during cold weather, thereby causing major damage to the pipes. To prevent this from happening, close any interior shut off valves that lead to your outdoor faucets and make sure that you drain the water from your outside lines.
  6. Store your outdoor hose – As the temperatures begin to drop, you should disconnect your hose, wrap it up and bring it inside. Leaving your hose outside during the winter is a big mistake because any water that remains inside of the hose can freeze. When it freezes, it will expand, causing the hose to break and potentially causing your faucets and connecting pipes to freeze as well.

These are six plumbing tips that you should follow to prepare your plumbing system for the upcoming winter season. To have your home’s plumbing system inspected by a professional plumber, be sure to contact us at Stang Plumbing & Heating to schedule an appointment in the Maryland area today.

Warning Signs you Need Water Line Repair

Your home’s water line is essential to everyday life. Water lines are typically built in a way that are very durable and long lasting so that you can get the supply of fresh water that you need to do everything from bathe to cook to washing your clothes. However, this doesn’t mean that your water line is indestructible – there are a number of ways that your water line can be damaged, whether it’s caused by tree roots or corrosion.

If your water line is damaged, you’ll need to have it repaired right away. Damage to your water line can not only impede the amount of water coming into your home, but it can also diminish the quality of your water as well. The following are a few signs that you should look out for that your water line might be damaged and that it’s in need of repair:

1. Your water is discolored

Your water should be clear – if it has a brownish color to it, even if it only lasts when you first turn on the faucet, it may be the cause of a corroded water line. This is a problem more typical in older homes with iron or steel plumbing. Brownish-colored water can be caused by dirt entering your water line as well.

2. There are soggy spots on your lawn

Are there random soggy spots on your lawn during dry weather? If there are, it’s a possibility that water is leaking out of your water line and raising up to the surface.

3. Your home has low water pressure

If there are any leaks in your water line, then the pressure of the water coming into your home will be affected. If you’ve ever attempted to take a shower with low pressure water, then you know how frustrating this can be. Low water pressure hurts the performance of all of your fixtures and appliances that require water to run.

Sometimes, an issue with the municipal system can result in temporary low water pressure. But if the water pressure in your home remains low, there’s a good chance there’s something wrong with your water line.

4. Your water bills have gone up

Your water bills should never go up a drastic amount from one month to another. If you notice a substantial leap in the cost of your water bill, there’s something wrong. Unfortunately, a spike in your water bills can be the result of a number of different issues, a leaking water line being one of them.To identify what the issue is, you’ll need to schedule an inspection with a professional plumber. They’ll be able to determine whether or not a damaged water line is the cause of your costly water bills.

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If you notice any of these signs, then there’s a chance that your water line has been damaged and is in need of repair. Be sure to schedule an appointment with a professional plumber right away to get to the root of the problem.

How to Keep Your Drains Clog Free

Dealing with a clogged drain, whether it’s in your bathtub or in the kitchen sink, can be a huge hassle. Clogged drains are typically not as easy to clean out as you might think. Pouring a chemical drain cleaner down your drains is not a wise decision either as not only can this negatively affect the environment, it could cause damage to your pipes as well.

If you experience a seriously clogged drain, you’ll need to call a plumber. Because of this, it’s better to just take precautions to ensure that your drains don’t get clogged. The following are several important tips for keeping your drains clog-free:

  • Clean bathroom sink stoppers - Once a week, remove the stopper in your bathroom sinks. Clean the stopper off and remove any debris left behind in the drain before replacing the stopper.
  • Clear debris from shower or bathtub drain - Once a week, remove the drain cover from your shower or bathtub drain. Use something like a bent wire (or a snake if you have one) to clear any debris, such as hair or pieces of soap, that has accumulated near the top of the drain.
  • Clean the garbage disposal - If food and other debris builds up within the garbage disposal, it can cause a massive clog. Once a month, use a disposer brush to clean out your garbage disposal. You can also grind up a combination of ice and salt to help remove the grease and slime off the sides of the garbage disposal. This helps prevent the grease and slime from building up and clogging the drain over time.
  • Be careful about what you put down your garbage disposal - There are a number of items that you should not put down there. This includes coffee grounds, grease, oils, egg shells and bones. You should also avoid putting pasta, rice or bread remains down the garbage disposal as these items expand with water, which means they can block your drain after they go down it.
  • Don’t use your toilet as a trash can - One of the biggest causes of clogged toilet drains is from its use as a make-shift garbage can. Things like paper towels, tissues, band-aids, dental floss, wipes and more should not be flushed down the toilet. Only toilet paper is meant to go down the toilet.
  • Turn the hot water on - Every once in a while, turn the hot water all the way on and let it run through all the drains in your home. Hot water will help melt some of the grease, soap scum and other debris that have gathered on the drain walls in your sinks and bathroom or shower drains.

Be sure to use these tips in order to keep your drains from getting clogged up. Dealing with drain clogs can be a real big hassle – especially if they occur at a particularly inopportune time. If you do experience a serious drain clog, be sure to schedule an appointment with a professional plumber right away.

Draining Cleaning in Maryland

If you need professional drain cleaning in the Maryland area, contact Stang Plumbing & Heating. We have an excellent reputation within the Maryland area and have earned a top rating in the Washington Checkbook every year since 1989. Additionally, Stang has earned a coveted “A” rating from Angie’s List, the country’s most trusted source for contractor and service company ratings. Contact us today and find out why our customer service ratings are so high!