You may have seen our own service manager, John Deters on NBC 12 news Tuesday, as Richmond plumbers are receiving an influx of calls from residents needing help with frozen pipes in the extreme cold. If your water does not come out of the tap when you turn it on, it is likely due to a frozen pipe. Contact Robinson’s Plumbing Service to identify the location of the freeze and thaw the pipe safely. Do not attempt to thaw it yourself with a blow dryer or blow torch, because that can cause much bigger problems. It truly is a job that should be done by a professional plumber.
See the video on NBC 12 (January 7, 2014)
Prevent Frozen Pipes
- Leave faucets running (at a slow drip) when the temperature is below freezing
- Leave cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes on exterior walls
- Cover outside openings to the crawl space to prevent the cold draft running across pipes (close all foundation vents, make sure crawl space vent closed tight)
- Do no use a heater to warm pipes because they can melt and cause a very expensive repair
Pipe Bursts or Breaks
If a frozen pipe bursts and water is flowing from it, you need to turn off the main source of water to your home. Learn how to locate and turn off your water main here. If you are unable to access the water main valve, call us 804-794-0918 and we can help you.
Owner, Gary Robinson, says the main water shut off valve for most homes is located just inside the crawl space door. It is critical that everyone in the home knows where the shut off valve is located so if there is a plumbing emergency, the water can be turned off quickly.
Plumber is Ready to Help
Contact Robinson’s Plumbing Service to help if you have a frozen or broken water pipe. We have the best plumbing technicians in the Richmond area, ready to help!