We’re all used to our homes “speaking up” every now and then, with the occasional murmur of running water or creak of a radiator. As any plumber will tell you, this is perfectly normal, especially in the older homes that populate places like Doylestown, PA, and their neighboring communities. The Coop even finds it somewhat comforting – it’s like your house has its own personality.
Unfortunately, these noises can sometimes indicate something more…sinister, especially during the winter. No, I’m not talking about the Ghost of Christmas Past – what I mean is that noisy pipes (along with other tell-tale signs) may signal issues with your plumbing. These sounds can indicate that your pipes are frozen, which can lead to major leaks and other plumbing issues.
Such problems are especially common if homeowners fail to take preventative measures. For example, if you schedule regular maintenance visits from a professional plumber, they may identify and address an uninsulated section of plumbing. Practices like leaving heat on at a certain temperature (around 55 degrees Fahrenheit) during extended winter absences can also help to prevent frozen pipes.
If your pipes are frozen, calling Cooper Mechanical may help you prevent a plumbing catastrophe. Listen to the Coop (and your pipes, for that matter): There are simple signs you can watch out for that can help you avert disaster before it ever happens.
While the occasional noise is normal, weird noises from your plumbing system usually serve as a warning sign. If you hear whistling, banging, rattling, or vibrating from your pipes, that may be a sign that portions of your system are frozen. Typically, these sounds are caused by increased water pressure due to the presence of ice in the pipes. If you’re hearing such noises, but aren’t sure whether there might be an issue, call a professional plumber right away.
If you notice signs of leaks on the ceiling or damp drywall, that’s a huge red flag. One or more of your frozen pipes have already started to rupture and leak, and they’re likely close to bursting. If you call an emergency plumbing service right away, you may prevent major property damage.
Finally, if you’re experiencing persistent issues with your plumbing system in the winter, you more than likely have a frozen pipe issue. These problems usually manifest as poor or inconsistent pressure, odd smells, or discolored water. If you’ve identified any of these issues, schedule an appointment with a professional plumber as soon as possible.
What Should You Do If Your Pipes Have Already Burst?
We’ve all heard the horror stories about frozen pipes. Maybe your neighbors left for an extended vacation in Florida one fateful December. When they returned, relaxed and glowing from their tropical holiday, they were shocked and dismayed to find entire portions of their house flooded. As it turns out, their pipes had frozen, eventually bursting from the built-up pressure.
If the worst happens, don’t worry – the Coop has your back. Our emergency services are available 24/7. To learn more about our company and the other services we provide, like heater repair in Bucks County and the surrounding areas, contact us today.