Prevent Pipes from Freezing & How to Thaw a Frozen Pipe

A frozen pipe can lead to a major home disaster. It can burst or crack, allowing roughly 250 gallons of water to flow into your home or property.  If not dealt with immediately, this may lead to serious structural damage and mold growth. However, this situation is largely preventable! 

Here are a few tips from Water Savers Atlanta to prevent your pipes from freezing and if a pipe should freeze, how to handle it.

HOW TO PROTECT PIPES FROM FREEZING 

    • Drain Garden Hoses  A frozen garden hose can actually burst an interior pipe due to the increased pressure it places on your entire plumbing system. Disconnect garden hoses and use an indoor valve to shut off/drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.
    • Seal Up Cracks and Holes  Caulk any holes or cracks near pipes (around windows, doors, electrical wiring, dryer vents, and near your home’s foundation) to keep the cold air out and the warm air in. 
    • Open Your Cabinets and Close Your Garage  When the temperature drops, open your kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the pipes. Keep your garage doors closed, especially if water lines are located there.
    • Add Extra Insulation  Add insulation to walls, ceilings, attics, basements, and crawl spaces to maintain higher temperatures, keeping your pipes warm.
    • Pipe Sleeves and Heat Tape  It can get expensive to open up walls, floors, or ceilings to properly insulate your pipes. Keep exposed pipes warm by fitting them with pipe sleeves or heat tape.
    • Let Your Faucets Drip  During cold weather, let water slightly trickle from faucets with exposed pipes. This prevents pressure from building up in your pipes and will prevent it from bursting.
    • Thermostat   Maintain a constant indoor temperature (no lower than 55° F) day or night, even when you are not home.

HOW TO THAW FROZEN PIPES

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, you may have a frozen pipe. Here is what you should do.

    • Keep the faucet on  As you begin to treat the frozen pipe, water will begin to slowly flow through the frozen area, melting the ice in the pipe.
    • Apply Heat   If you can locate the frozen area, heat the pipe using an electric heating pad, hairdryer, portable space heater, or by wrapping the pipe with warm towels until the water pressure is restored. Do not use electrical appliances in areas with standing water and do not use an open flame (e.g. blowtorch, gas heater) to attempt to thaw the pipe.

CALL WATER SAVERS ATLANTA

If your water pipe has already burst and you can’t locate or access the frozen area, call the professionals at Water Savers! We are available 24/7 for all of your plumbing needs!

Preventing Water Leaks and Mold Growth

leak detection and mold remediation

September is Mold Awareness Month.  So before the month ends, let’s talk about one of the most hazardous issues a homeowner or commercial property owner can face: mildеw and mоld. 

We’ve recently received several calls from customers in Atlanta, Tucker, and Johns Creek about leaks behind walls and ceilings that had damaged their property and cost them thousands of dollars in repairs, simply because they ignored mold specks.  Mold can be seen on drywall or insulation and is often a result of water damage, particularly water leaks. 

Many homeowners have experienced a water leak that remained undetected for a long time because it occurred in an unseen location like the inside of a wall, between floors, below a concrete slab, under flooring, or even in an underground pipe in the yard.  Over time, undetected leaks allow mold to grow and expose everyone to a serious health hazard. 

Any undetected water leak or one that is not repaired properly can lead to mold growth.  It will not only impact your home’s structure but will also jeopardize your health.  Mold can trigger allergy symptoms and respiratory issues, such as coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. The next time you encounter a musty smell, stains in sheetrock, mold specks, or wall discoloration, you should know that these are warning signs of a water leak and mold growth in your home. 

There are several precautions you can follow to avoid water damage and mold. 

  • Know the signs and symptoms of both issues
  • Unexpected high water bill
  • Visibly damaged or warped walls and floors
  • Musty smell
  • Discoloration on walls
  • Excessive moisture
  1. 2Take action

If you notice that something is wrong with your plumbing system or your home, deal with it immediately. Clean up any liquid spills or condensation to prevent mold from growing. You can also remove any damaged areas or repair them to stop any mold growth.

  1. Proceed to professionals.

Seek help from a professional plumbing company and a mold remediation contractor. A professional will carefully inspect the house so no mold or water leaks are missed. A professional can also repair any water leaks discovered on the spot to prevent mold growth.

Water Savers Atlanta is the plumbing company to call for quality plumbing services. Our licensed plumbers have the skills and expertise to quickly detect any leaks and remedy any mold damage you may have. We offer the most affordable residential and commercial leak detection and mold removal and remediation services in the Atlanta area. 

For the best plumbing services around, contact us at (678) 944-9195.

 

Drain Replacement for a Home in Decatur, Georgia

Houses and commercial properties that are more than 20 years old are more likely to have plumbing problems. One of the most common issues they can encounter? Aging cast-iron pipes.

Before, cast iron was the preferred material for water and sewage lines. They were strong, could withstand high pressure, and would last for many years. However, they have become outdated and are reaching the end of their life. If you live in an older house with the original cast iron plumbing, you are at risk for the plumbing fixtures to deteriorate or corrode. That’s exactly what happened to one of our customers in Decatur, Georgia.

Our customer called Water Savers for help and we quickly went to their house to check out the situation. After a thorough inspection, we found that the cast iron house drain had corroded and was leaking into the crawl space. Using our state-of-the-art equipment and extensive plumbing experience, we replaced the old cast-iron pipes with upgraded and more dependable tubing. We made sure the new home drain was functioning properly, without any issues or concerns.

 

For reliable, prompt, and affordable drain repair or replacement, contact Water Savers at (678) 944-9195.  We are available 24/7 for any plumbing emergencies and work in and around the Atlanta area.

 

Commercial Leak Detection in Woodstock, GA

Undetected water leaks in your home or business can lead to potentially serious and expensive damage.  It is best to only hire experienced professionals like Water Savers Atlanta that you can rely on for any plumbing issues. 

Recently, we helped a business in Woodstock, GA that had flooding coming from their septic tank and running into the yard and into the street.  Utilizing the latest technology, our licensed plumbers were able to quickly locate the leak before it caused further damage. 

Family owned and operated, Water Savers Atlanta is the most reliable water leak detection plumbers in the Atlanta area. With just one call, our licensed professionals will be ready to quickly locate the leak and repair it! Give us a call at (678) 944-9195 for more information about our services.

Water Leak Repair

Water Savers got a call needing help with a water Leak. The client had called a different company previously but after their service a second leak popped up. We headed over, began the leak detection using top of the line equipment, and provided an estimate to repair and replace water line from meter to house. 

We at Water Savers want to ensure that you won’t need to call a second time. Working to have the problem solved completely the first time is what we do. Give us a call at (678) 944-9195

Appliance Installation

We were called for some general installation for a client that was working on some big renovations. General appliances were installed and connected with lines, such as the Washing machine, dish washer, ice box, etc.
What We Did:
1.Rerouted washing machine box
2. Installed pot filler above stove
3. installed kitchen fixtures and trim.
4. Installed dishwasher- roughed in and line installed.
5. Installed and connect ice maker box.
6. Rerouted cold and hot copper lines.
                                        
We at Water Savers Plumbing seek to make plumbing and installation an ease so that its not your burden to bare. If you need help, contact us at (678) 944-9195.

Chevron Gas Station Water Line Repair in Tucker, GA

Water Savers got a call about a ruptured waterline from a local Chevron gas station. We were quick to arrive and assess the situation. We uncovered the damaged water line using the latest technologies possible. After we removed the concrete, we removed the damaged piping. Following the removal, the new piping was installed and we worked to seal the work area.

We work to ensure that you don’t have to pay for damages and wear that could occur to your plumbing. For professional help, call Water Saver Atlanta at (678) 944-9195.

Water Heater Repair in Lilburn, GA

Water Savers received a call from a client about a damaged water heater.  They arrived at the client’s location quickly to uncover the issue. After a thorough inspection of the heater, it was determined that the issue was with the regulator and modulator units.

Following the inspection, Water Savers replaced the regulator and modulator and the unit was restored to proper working operation.

Make sure your hot water is working this winter, call Water Savers LLC at (678) 944-9195

Water Main Repair in Tucker, Georgia

Water savers LLC received a call about an unusually high water bill. We cut the driveway and determined where the leak was.

The cut area:

After locating the leak, we removed the previous piping and installed a new 2” copper water service line. After the installation, the line was reconnected to the existing water main. The area was then resealed, pressure washed, and the surrounding area was cleaned up.

The new pipes:

Don’t pay more than you have to because of a broken pipe. Get it fixed by the professionals at Water Savers LLC! call (678) 944-9195

Sewer Spill and Pipe Replacement in Atlanta, Georgia

We received an emergency report for a wet spot next to the sidewalk giving off a foul odor. Water Savers LLC showed up and, after a thorough inspection, diagnosed the problem as a sewage leak.

Here is a photo leak signs:

We excavated from the clean-out area to the sidewalk to expose the broken sewer line. We then removed and replaced the broken sewer line
between the clean-out and the sidewalk. Following the fix, we tested the sewer system to make sure everything was working as it should.
Trust the experts. If you notice any sign of a leak in your water line system make sure to Contact Water Savers LLC at (678) 944-9195.