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Frozen Pipe Repair in San Diego and Riverside
If you are not from the area you may be surprised to learn that freezing water pipes in San Diego and Riverside is a fairly common problem. That is an issue throughout the surrounding areas. That sort of cold weather rolls around every few years, so we are ready with 24/7 emergency service for freezing pipes in both residential and commercial buildings. Hometown Plumbing provides affordable frozen pipe repair & replacement services to all San Diego, Riverside, and surrounding areas.
Most materials contract when they get cold, but freezing water is a very big exception. At 32F water turns to ice, and when it does it expands. More than you might think. That creates amazingly high pressures that can damage valves and fittings, even crack and burst pipes. As soon as it thaws you have a leak. It could be a barely noticeable drip or nightmarish flooding at some 10 gpm (gallons per minute — as much as 1,000 gallons in an hour and a half). And that could mean many thousands of dollars in water damage on top of the costs of a plumbing repair.
Frozen Pipe Plumbing Services
Use caution if you try to thaw things out yourself. Use hot water, a hair dryer, or a heat lamp. Not a propane torch or any sort of flame. Besides being a fire risk that can damage your plumbing. And be prepared for a major leak.
Considering the potential for thousands of dollars of damages, our residential and commercial plumbing 24/7 services are the wise solution, especially considering our competitive rates.
- Quickly and safely thaw frozen plumbing
- Find hidden leaks
- Remove standing water
- Repair pipes and valves
- Relocate pipes exposed to freezing temperatures
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How to Prevent Freezing Pipes
You can avoid freezing water pipes by allowing a fast drip or trickle from faucets. You also need to make sure that plumbing outside your home or business is well insulated. That includes garden hose faucets — metal pipes that conduct heat to the outside. If there is a forecast of unusually cold weather you can use old blankets, rags, and even a newspaper. But those are fire hazards and should be removed as soon as not required anymore.
Relocating exposed plumbing is the best long-term solution for exposed plumbing lines, but electric heat tape also works well so long as there is power. Your walls need to be properly insulated, with cracks and openings properly sealed.
Finally, even with good insulation and caulking, it is necessary to keep the indoors heated to above 55 oF if you are away during cold snaps to keep the insides of walls above freezing.
We Deliver Prompt Sameday Service 7 Days A Week
At Hometown Plumbing we are proud to offer top-quality plumbing services at affordable rates. Our courteous plumbers adapt to your busy schedule and we never charge extra for Same Day Service, Evenings, and Saturday or Sunday. Our trucks are always fully stocked to fix whatever plumbing or drain cleaning problem we encounter as soon as possible. Our certified plumbers will be able to help you no matter how big or small the problem is. Always aiming to resolve your stressful and frustrating plumbing problems quickly and efficiently.