Frozen or Broken Pipes? Get a Licensed Illinois Plumber to Work on Them Today
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Illinois winters are known for their ferocity. Unfortunately, when your pipes start to freeze, the water inside them can expand. If this goes on for too long, the water can cause the pipes to rupture, leading to costly flooding and other problems. If you have pipes which you suspect may be freezing, or if you think your pipes may be broken in some place, contact Plumbers 911 at (816) 326-8643 so we can put you in touch with a licensed professional in the Illinois area today!
Although everyone knows that pipes should not be allowed to freeze, it’s an unfortunate part of human nature that out of sight typically means out of mind. You may very well have pipes that you simply don’t see very often, and these pipes may be in danger of freezing and bursting. A certified plumbing technician will know exactly what to look for, and where to look for it, in order to reduce your chances of having a pipe freeze and break.
Pipes are more likely to freeze in certain parts of your home or building. These trouble spots include:
- Pipes located in unheated crawl spaces or attic spaces
- Pipes in exterior walls where the heat from the building may not help them remain thawed
- Pipes running outside of the building
- Pipes that may run through a part of the building which is not in use and is not being heated
- Anywhere a pipe is exposed to the elements
- Pipes hidden under sinks, especially sinks that are next to outside walls
If you have frozen or broken pipes, you may not even know it until the water has been running into your home or business for a significant amount of time. This hidden catastrophe can be extremely costly, especially since some insurance policies refuse to pay for damage that comes from the flooding resulting from broken pipes.
Further, not all broken pipes are immediately noticeable. Sometimes you can have a slow leak from a ruptured pipe that can go on for weeks or months. These hidden leaks can sometimes end up being among the most costly because of the amount of damage that they can do before they are discovered.
Our Illinois plumbers will help you to learn about things to look for when it comes to determining whether you have a frozen pipe. These things include:
- Funny sounds. If your pipes are making odd noises when you use them (such as bubbling) you may be hearing air pockets that are moving in the pipes. The air pockets sometimes come from pipes which have broken and are allowing air to come in (and water to come out).
- Not surprisingly, the mold or rot that can arise from a slow leak will give off an unpleasant odor. If you smell something musty or damp it may be a sign that you have a broken pipe somewhere.
- Damp or spotted interior surfaces. Water is wet (obviously). So if you notice a ceiling surface or a wall that is suddenly damp, that water must be coming from somewhere. It could be from a pipe which has burst elsewhere in the building, and the water could be running down the interior of a wall or floor.
- Changes in plumbing flow. If a faucet suddenly starts flowing differently—such as at a lower volume than usual—it may be because some of the water are running out of a rupture somewhere rather than running out of the faucet.
Other Reasons to Use a Licensed Illinois Technician
As you can probably tell, a problem with your pipes can be among the most expensive things to repair, due largely to the costly damage that can be incurred by your property before you even know there is a problem. When you add in the fact that many insurance policies will not cover these types of incidents, you have the potential for an extremely costly mess.
As such, it is important to ensure that the person you are using to work on your pipes is properly credentialed. Some “plumbers” are simply a man (or a woman) who threw on a pair of coveralls and bought a toolbox. While these “plumbers” may advertise rates that are lower than those charged by properly licensed professionals, the work they do is often sub-par and can lead to even more costly repairs down the road.
Further, every professional that we network with is covered by the applicable bonding and/or insurance as required by applicable statutes or regulations. This means that you never have to be concerned when we put you in touch with a professional: his or her work is covered, meaning that if the worst happens, you can rest easy knowing that at least you don’t have to foot the bill.
Finally, our certified technicians are friendly and easy to approach. They will be happy to spend some time with you explaining what is wrong with your pipes and what your options are. They will go through each option and explain the advantages and disadvantages, and they will ensure that you know the cost of each option.
If you need a licensed Illinois plumber in the area, call us at Plumbers 911 today. We are here to serve you and help you find the best professional to fit your need. Call us at (816) 326-8643 and let’s get started!