Help! My Water Pipes Are Frozen!

by | Dec 29, 2018 | Emergency Plumbing Services, Plumbing Services

It doesn’t happen very often here in Vegas.  But when we do get a sharp winter cold snap with overnight temperatures below freezing, frozen water pipes in our home becomes a real risk. 

The fact that such conditions are so infrequent here in the desert makes us more vulnerable because Southern Nevada homes are not insulated against the cold to the extent they are in northern climates.

How do you know if your pipes are frozen?  The obvious symptom is waking up after a cold night and getting only a trickle of water or no water at all when you open up your faucets or try to take your shower.

Are frozen pipes an emergency?

Because water expands when it freezes and becomes ice, it can put tremendous pressure on the walls of the pipes that are constraining its volume.  The forces related to this ultra-high-pressure condition can possibly cause a pipe to burst or crack, which then of course is a real emergency.  So, it’s certainly best to address a suspected frozen water pipe condition sooner rather than later.

Not all frozen pipes will burst, but do you really want to take a chance and risk an expensive and inconvenient repair?

What should I do if my pipes are frozen?

A frozen pipe will typically run along the inside of an exterior wall.  You can try things like opening cabinets to let in some warmer room air, or you can attempt to warm a frozen pipe with a hairdryer if you think you know where the blockage is located.

However, doing things incorrectly in a half-hazard way can lead to more problems for you and at worst cause a real plumbing emergency, thousands of dollars in water damage and an expensive repair job.

You should really consider calling in a professional for help.  Active Plumbing & Air Conditioning has the expertise, training and equipment to locate and thaw your frozen pipes quickly and safely.

How do I prevent frozen pipes?

If you’ve had problems before and know your home is prone to problems with freezing pipes, there are a couple things you should do when the forecast calls for subfreezing temperatures.  First, you should open your taps and let the water trickle.  The cost of the water going down the drain will be small compared with the expense of a huge repair bill.

The other thing you can do is keep your home warm inside day and night.  Keep the thermostat set high rather than lowering it at night or when you’re away. Open up cabinet doors to let warm air circulate around your susceptible plumbing pipes and fixtures.

The best long-term solution is making sure your plumbing located in areas at risk of freezing is well insulated and protected.  Give Active Plumbing & Air Conditioning a call.  We will come over and assess your specific needs and give expert recommendations for you.

Call Now to Schedule Service:

24-hr Las Vegas Plumber Hotline:
(702) 553-1171

No Hot Water? Call the Experts!

More than 40,000 homes and businesses count on Active Plumbing & Air Conditioning

Las Vegas Top Drain & Sewer Services Company

DRAIN EXPERTS Your main sewer line (or simply “main line”), a large drain pipe, connects every drain in your home to the municipal sewage system or your septic tank depending on where you live in the Las Vega valley. Drain or Sewer Problems? Call the Drain Experts! ...

Las Vegas Google Guaranteed Company Active Plumbing and Air

PREVENT PLUMBING PROBLEMS THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAYS by admin | Dec 3, 2021 | Emergency Plumbing Services, Plumber, Plumber Las Vegas, Plumbing Fixtures, Plumbing Las Vegas, Plumbing Repair, Plumbing Services, Sewer Drain Cleaning | 0 comments During the holidays, we all...

DIFFERENCE: Tankless Water Heater vs Traditional (Storage Tank) Water Heater

The decision between a traditional water heater versus a tankless water heater is a big decision. If you live in Las Vegas area, call us and schedule a FREE consultation. That decision usually comes down to a matter of preference, although understanding the...

Got Plumbing Problems? Call Active Plumbing & Air Las Vegas – 702-553-1171

Our Plumbing technicians are all fully trained and licensed. You can feel at ease knowing you’re putting your trust in a real professional to solve your plumbing emergencies. We are fully licensed, Plumbing Lic #47021 Call Today! 702-553-1171  What makes Active...

Beat The Heat With These Hot Saving From Las Vegas Best Air Conditioning Company

PLUMBING & AIR CONDITIONING LAS VEGAS EXPERTS Active Plumbing & Air Conditioning, your Las Vegas service experts for over 25 years, continues to delight the homeowners and businesses of our community with legendary “Better of the Best” service that delivers...

Tankless Water Heaters: What You Need to Know

Interested in tankless water heaters as a solution for your hot water havoc in your home? Here is what you need to know.

Your Pilot Light: What to Do When the Flame Dies

If the pilot light goes out, your water heater will not be able to ignite and your water will be ice cold. Learn more here!

Adjusting Your Water Heater Temperature: To Do or Not To Do?

As a homeowner, there may be multiple reasons that you are considering adjusting your water heater temperature yourself. Perhaps you are concerned about your energy usage, and want to cut down on your utility bill costs. Or, perhaps you have found the current...

Gifting Yourself a New Water Heater

Here in Vegas, we may not see winters quite as harsh as other parts of the country, however, we do experience dropping temperatures and brisk, chilly weather. We all know that there’s nothing better than a hot shower or bath to warm you up after you come inside from...

Leaks and Drips Draining Your Wallet?

Leaks like a dripping faucet or running toilet might not seem like a major plumbing problem, but they can blow up your bills pretty quick. These issues, along with unsealed pipes, are some of the most common plumbing problems that occur to homeowners. Chances are,...

Schedule Your Plumbing Service Appointment

We have plumbers near you ready to help!  Here’s the plumber phone number to put in your phone right now so you have it ready when you need it…