SOURCE: Mr. Rooter

Mr. Rooter

December 21, 2010 20:07 ET

Mr. Rooter® Has Tips for Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

WACO, TX--(Marketwire - December 21, 2010) - Mr. Rooter Plumbing, a full-service plumbing and drain cleaning company, today released a series of tips for homeowners with frozen pipes.

According to State Farm Insurance, an average of a quarter-million families have their homes ruined and their lives disrupted each winter because their pipes freeze and burst.

"Taking some simple precautions can save you the expense as well as the time of repairing burst pipes," said Mary Kennedy Thompson, president of Mr. Rooter Corporation. "The best way to prevent frozen pipes is to winterize your plumbing system."

To help keep frozen pipes from being a drain on your wallet, Mr. Rooter suggests you follow these tips:

  • Cover faucets and exposed pipes with insulation, or wrap them with thick towels.
  • Open cabinet doors. This allows heat to circulate and keeps interior pipes warm.
  • Keep faucets running -- a small trickle of water/constant drip is recommended.
  • Secure basement doors, windows and crawl space openings.
  • Remove garden hoses from outdoor faucets.
  • Open outside hose taps so water can drain.
  • Apply electrically-powered heat tape. (Follow manufacturer's instructions or call a plumber.)

Mr. Rooter also urges homeowners to locate the main water shut-off valve, and learn how to use it. This can come in handy if pipes freeze and burst.

To safely thaw frozen pipes, Mr. Rooter Plumbing has these steps for homeowners:

  • Turn off the water at the shut-off valve.
  • Open the nearest faucet. This allows water to drain out as the ice melts.
  • Heat the exterior of the pipe with a hair dryer. Apply heat slowly and don't keep heat in one spot.
  • Do NOT attempt to thaw exposed frozen pipes with an open flame, such as an acetylene torch.

If immediate repairs are needed, you should call a qualified plumber. Mr. Rooter Plumbing is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and there are no overtime fees on nights, weekends and holidays. You can even request an appointment online at http://www.mrrooter.com/RequestAppointment.aspx.

About Mr. Rooter®:
Established in 1970, Mr. Rooter is an all-franchised, full-service plumbing and drain cleaning company with approximately 300 franchises worldwide. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its "Franchise 500" and Franchise Times Top 200, Mr. Rooter franchisees provide services to both residential and commercial customers. Mr. Rooter began franchising in 1974 and is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc. For more information or to find the location nearest you, please visit our Web site at www.mrrooter.com or www.mrrooter.ca.