Plumbing Companies Swamped After Freeze

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The National Weather Service is once again warning us to brace for below freezing temperatures overnight and into Monday morning.

The agency is telling people to bring in their pets from the cold, cover their outdoor plants and wrap exposed water pipes.

Plumbing companies have been swamped with calls to repair broken water lines. They tell people to make sure they know how to shut off the water supply to their home. Doing so quickly can minimize the damage after a water line breaks.

Since Saturday, Sacramento Metro Fire crews say they have had to respond to 12 flooding calls. Indoor and outdoor water pipes froze, causing breakage and flooding.

Metro Fire gives these following tips to prevent such problems:

-Cover or insulate your exposed water pipes.

-Disconnect water hoses and drain water if possible from exterior plumbing.

-Establish a slow drip to prevent frozen pipes while ensuring proper drainage to prevent slips and falls.

-Set your thermostat to a minimum of 55 degrees Fahrenheit (12 degrees Centigrade).

If you experience frozen pipes and/or flooding

-Turn the water off at the main shut off valve – ensure all the adults in the home know where the shut off is and how to open and close it.

-Call a plumber if no water comes out after turning a hose bib or faucet on – this does not always mean that a pipe has burst.

-Avoid using appliances in standing water to prevent ELECTROCUTION.

-Refrain from using a torch or open flame to thaw a frozen pipe to avert a potential FIRE.

More information can be found on their website at


Cecilio Padilla contributed to this report.

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  • frozenpipes

    A pipe that freezes and breaks is a costly winter plumbing problem. Here are some tips on preventing frozen pipes in Sacramento:
    1. Insulate all exposed pipes especially in the higher altitude areas East of Sacramento.
    2. These may include pipes in an outside wall, in the basement, or in an unheated crawlspace.
    3. You can also prevent a frozen pipe by turning off all outdoor fixtures during the winter, and by letting faucets drip during extremely cold weather.

    Go to Lowes or Home Depot – Or call a plumbing if your leaking.

  • shinnchann01

    No doubt those are useful tips. We can not control the weather conditions but can learn to tackle. However, i will always advice you to prefer professional plumbers to fix your major plumbing problems rather than you do it by your own. We all know that a little knowledge can more dangerous.

    This is America's Plumbing Co.

  • mark068

    I would like to suggest you ,we should choose certified company then we can improve the quality of work also compare different companies based on some term like as quality, customers and cost.