January in Chicago means one thing: cold weather. While most of us locals are used to the bone chilling winds and ice, the cold temperatures can still do quite a number on your home. One common problem that we see here at Elk Grove Village Sewer and Plumbing throughout the winter months is the curse of the frozen pipe.

Frozen pipes can surprise even the most diligent homeowners. In order to give you the leg up on this troublesome winter condition, we have compiled some signs and solutions to help you avoid (and fix) frozen pipes this season.

What are frozen pipes anyway?
Water expands when it freezes. This means that any water that is still in a container (like pipes or hoses) will freeze and expand when the temperature drops. This expansion can cause the hose or pipe to break. Frozen pipes can disrupt water flow as well as cause flooding when the pipes thaw.

We typically see frozen pipes in locations that homeowners do not even think about, such as unheated spaces like attics or basements. Uninsulated areas of the home can also leave pipes along the exterior of the home vulnerable to freezing. Without the heat to keep the pipes warm, water freezes quickly and can cause major flooding when a thaw comes.

What are signs of frozen pipes?

If you turn on your faucet and only a small trickle or drip of water comes out, immediately suspect frozen pipes. Another sign of a frozen pipe requires you to open the cabinet and inspect the pipe itself – frost on a pipe can indicate a freezing issue. Finally, strange smells coming from your sink or faucet can also point to a frozen pipe somewhere in the home.

What are some solutions for frozen pipes?

If you suspect you have a frozen pipe, or if your frozen pipe has burst and you are now dealing with a flooding situation, give our experts at Elk Grove Village Sewer and Plumbing a call. We are available for regular or emergency services and have years of experience working in the Chicagoland suburbs. We know the telltale signs of frozen pipes and how to get your home back in working order quickly.

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