There are few things worse as a homeowner than having to deal with frozen pipes. As anyone who’s lived in Minnesota during the winter can tell you, it can get downright freezing, with temperatures regularly dipping below zero and with a whole lot of snow falling between November and March. Frozen pipes are just one of the potential problems that can result from the freezing cold temperatures, and they can be among the most expensive of those problems to fix.
Luckily, there are some steps you can take to prevent frozen pipes from becoming an issue in your home. For example, you can make sure your home is properly insulated so you can keep the warm air in your home when your furnace is running. You can also stay on top of your heater maintenance, and make sure you keep the heat running at least at minimum temperatures all winter long to avoid even the possibility that your pipes will freeze.
These steps won’t do you much good, though, if your pipes have already frozen and you find yourself in need of a solution. If you run into the unfortunate situation this winter of having to deal with frozen pipes, it’s important you work with a drain cleaner in Prior Lake, MN to come in and get the issue resolved as quickly as possible.
Here’s what you should know.
Dealing with frozen pipes
The biggest risk associated with frozen pipes is that the pipes will burst. Consider how much frozen water expands, and then consider how much pressure that puts on the pipes inside which it’s frozen. As this pressure builds up, the pipes could begin to slowly leak, or you could have such a catastrophic burst that your pipes begin shooting water all over the place.
In either circumstance you’ll need to work with a professional plumber to resolve the issue as soon as possible so you can minimize the damage done to your home. The plumber will need to come in and thaw out your pipes. The processes used for pipe thawing can vary. While sometimes the best method is to heat the pipes up and encourage the water to thaw out and run freely, there are other circumstances in which hot water jetting is the most effective and affordable option.
The biggest reason why hot water jetting is so beneficial is that it both defrosts and cleans the pipes. Our team uses high-pressure hot water jetting equipment to clear out frozen sewer or water lines while also flushing out any debris or mineral deposits that might be stuck inside of them. The result is thawed-out, cleared pipes and a job done both quickly and safely.
If you’re interested in learning more about hot water jetting, how we perform the service and what its benefits are, we encourage you to contact the experts at Mike’s Septic & McKinley Sewer Services today. Our team of professional drain cleaners in Prior Lake, MN will be happy to answer any questions you have!