After these past several days of freezing temperatures here in “sunny” Phoenix, AZ many of you owe your plumber a big hug – – or at least a big thank you! Yea – – you know who you are! All you Phoenix homeowners whose pipes froze and burst, requiring emergency plumbing service at all hours of the day and night. A very busy time for plumbers in Phoenix. While this last cold spell was unusual in how long it lasted, it’s not unusual to have one or two freezes every winter. And, it’s not unusual for us to be making emergency calls to fix burst pipes when it does freeze.
Tony took this picture of a pipe on the roof of a Phoenix home. That’s right – Tony was out doing plumbing repairs! (Those of you who know us, know Tony is usually holding down the fort at the shop, dispatching the plumbers. Good thing he remembers how to actually do plumbing, tho. Really, there were a lot of broken water pipes all over the valley!) The pipe was not insulated and when the water in the pipe froze, the pipe split. Most of the plumbing repairs we’ve been called out for these past few days were similar to this one – plumbing pipes either on the roof or on an outside wall that were not insulated. It’s a good idea to check to make sure any exterior water pipes you have are all properly insulated. Also, if your home is unoccupied for any reason, be sure to leave the heat on any time freezing temperatures are expected. A pipe that splits or bursts when the water freezes can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time when the water thaws!
Questions? Just now noticing a water leak that might have been caused by a split or cracked pipe? Give us a call here at Stevens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. An experienced plumber is always available to answer your questions during business hours.