Spotting Trouble: Recognizing Signs of Frozen Pipes in Your Home

Winter comes with cozy nights, snowball fights with family, and an excuse to sip hot chocolate all day. However, winter also comes with the looming threat of frozen pipes.

Understanding the warning signs of frozen pipes can be crucial in preventing potential damage to the plumbing system in your home. Here are some key indicators that suggest your pipes might be frozen.

Frost on Pipes

It makes sense that one of the telltale signs of frozen pipes is visible frost on the pipes. If you notice frost, we recommend applying gentle heat with safe methods like towels soaked in warm water to help thaw the pipes.  However, the best course of action is to contact a professional to avoid damage that could be significant.

Reduced Water Flow

Have you noticed a change in water flow in your home? If so, you may have become a victim of frozen pipes. One of the primary signs of frozen pipes is a sudden decrease in water pressure or even a complete stoppage of water flow from faucets. 

Strange Odors

If burning candles and air fresheners have not been enough to mask the smell from your drains, you likely have a bigger problem on your hands. Strange smells from your taps or drains might signal trapped water due to freezing pipes. The lack of water movement leads to stagnant water, resulting in odd smells – yuck!

Unexplained Noises 

The strange noises you hear are not from ghosts lurking in your home. These noises could be from frozen pipes! Banging and rattling sounds can occur from ice expanding inside of them, indicating potential freezing issues.

Bulging Pipes

If your pipes look like they are about to bust open, they just might be. Bulging pipes in the winter often mean that the water inside of them might have frozen, creating pressure on the inside.

Staying vigilant during the winter and taking proactive measures can save you from costly repairs and keep your home comfortable all season. If you suspect frozen pipes in your Central New Jersey home, the experts at C&C Air Conditioning, Heating, Plumbing & Electric are here to help. Just give us a call at 732-860-2660 or visit us online to schedule your appointment. 

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