Frozen Pipes Can Cause Major Damage to your Home. Let GEM Help!
GEM Plumbing & Heating is Offering FREE Advice for Newport County, RI Residents
GEM Plumbing & Heating of Lincoln, RI is offering FREE advice for Newport County residents dealing with frozen pipes due to the gas outage as well as any homeowner with frozen pipe issues.
Speak to a GEM Technician for advice on protecting pipes to avoid major damage to your home during these extreme temperatures. You can also take a look at our 10 tips to prevent pipes from freezing.
It is important to try to remove water from all areas that are unheated. The most important steps are to shut down the main water feed into the home, open faucets and values to drain water.
Finding the Main Water Shutoff Valve
Typically, the valve will be located in your basement or on a wall outside of your utility area. To cut off the water supply to your home you need to turn it clockwise. Doing this can be different depending on the design of your main shutoff valve.
There are two main designs: Gate Valves and Ball Valves. If you have a ball valve turn the handle a ¼ turn clockwise so it’s perpendicular to the pipe like a right angle.
How to Keep Pipes from Freezing
Portable heaters can be used to keep areas under sinks and pipes near exterior walls from freezing. However, heaters should only be used in compliance with the manufacturer's instructions and homeowners should be very sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning with fresh batteries.
If your Carbon Monoxide detector alarm sounds, immediately evacuate and call 911 from outside your home.*
If it is not possible to drain pipes or heat areas with pipes, try leaving water trickling in order to avoid freezing.
A licensed professional plumber can install Glycol Antifreeze in your heating system. This will also aid in keeping your pipes from freezing.
If pipes have already frozen, it is important to heat pipes as quickly as possible to avoid broken pipes or if it is clear pipes have already broken, have a professional help with a plan to thaw and avoid flooding or further damage to the property.
Our call center is staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week to help answer any questions. We can walk them through shutting down their water or answering any other questions they have regarding this matter.
Shut Off your Water
Preventing Frozen Water Pipes
*The Mayo Clinic reminds: “Carbon monoxide poisoning is an illness caused by exposure to too much carbon monoxide — a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. Too much carbon monoxide in the air you breathe can greatly diminish your ability to absorb oxygen, leading to serious tissue damage. Carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to death. Carbon monoxide is produced by appliances and other devices that generate combustion fumes, such as those that burn gas, oil, other petroleum products, wood, and other fuels. The danger occurs when too much carbon monoxide accumulates in a contained, poorly ventilated space. Although the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning can be subtle, the condition is a life-threatening medical emergency. Get immediate care for anyone who may have carbon monoxide poisoning.” (Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/carbon-monoxide/basics/definition/con-20025444)