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How to prevent Frozen Pipes in Richardson, TX

Before we know it, winter will be upon us, and suddenly freezing cold nights will appear out of nowhere here in Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas.  Protecting your pipes ahead of time, while the temperatures are still mild and comfortable, and home supply store’s stock is still available, is the best way to prevent high costs of repairs later.  Here is how!

Keep your Home Warmer during Freezes

This is a small price to pay to protect your pipes than an expensive repair bill later.  North Texas doesn’t stay below freezing for too long either, so the cost of this really isn’t very financially painful.

Pipe Insulation

While this isn’t the perfect solution to exposed pipe freeze protection, any attempt to protect them is worth the cost, and it really does help.  Home repair companies have these and they are very easy to install.

When Out of Town, Turn your Water Off!

This is a great way to prevent unexpected frozen pipes, without having any way to try to prevent the issue if a sudden freeze descends upon us and you are gone. Only the pipes that have water sitting in them are at risk of freezing and bursting.  You could beg a good neighbor, if you find someone willing to go out of their way to help, but good luck with that!  By simply shutting off your water at the source, you save yourself from this emergency, let alone the risk of coming home to burst pipes spewing all over your floors unattended.

Heating Cables

A heat cable installed along or around exposed pipes is another way to protect yourself. These are sold at most electrical supply companies. And if you need help, our plumbers can help, just let us know!

Seal all Air Leaks around your Home

Another good way to prevent your pipes from freezing, (and maximize your energy efficiency) is by sealing all open and airy areas of your home.  If cold air cannot get in, chances are frozen piping cannot happen.  Typical air leaks are around dryer vents and bathroom sink pipes as well as areas that have electrical wiring. Seal them with insulating foam or other material, or caulk to prevent the cold air from coming in.


Most people forget about their garage until it’s too late, and they have a pipe break.  If your garage is attached, the easiest way to keep it warm is by opening the door from the inside of your home to your garage during hard freezes.  Space heaters are a great way to solve this problem as well, and most all home supply stores sell these.

If all else fails and you end up with broken pipes, do not hesitate to give us a call at 972-442-4101.  Texas Green Plumbing is here to help you!



What does it mean when my plumber tells me I have a “belly” in my sewer line?

A “belly” in your line can also be described as a sagging line. The pipe has gone from straight to having a dip or sag, where water and solids stay in the bend and can’t travel to the sewer main. This is a common occurrence here in north Texas where our soil is known for shifting. Sagging lines can be caused by shifts in the soil, rain, irrigation leaks, improper drainage around the house, sewer leaks, and water leaks.

One symptom of a “belly” is a flushing toilet or draining washing machine, backs up into the house, often a bathtub. You may initially think you have a clogged drain and unstopping it may work for a while. However, depending on the size of the belly, you will continue to have problems until a repair is made.

When you call a plumbing professional to unstop a toilet, it is a good idea to ask him/her to also run a camera through your line to determine the cause of the stoppage. This is especially true if you have recurring problems with sewer back-ups.

Repairs for a “belly” can take several hours. Your plumbing professional will locate the sagging line by using a camera and locating equipment, then marking the area to be uncovered. The general steps to make the repair include: accessing the line, either by removing concrete, or tunneling under the house. Then removing the sagging line and replacing it with new pipe, properly placing hangers on the new pipe to stabilize the pipe in the soil, testing the new sewer line, recovering the floor in the house or refilling the tunnel with the removed dirt.

Making plumbing repairs underneath the soil can be frustrating to a homeowner. When we spend our hard-earned money to make improvements to our home, we want to see the end result. Some plumbing repairs are not seen, but are necessary not only for the health of your family and for our water source, but also for maintenance of your most precious and expensive investment, your home.

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At Texas Green Plumbing Company you can rely on over 35 years of experience in both construction and residential service to get your job done right. We will get the right parts for your job, and we will be honest about what work needs to be done. We will always try to give you options so that you have a choice as to what gets done and how it gets done. We will fix only what is broken, so you will have peace of mind when we are gone.
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Our Dallas Plumbing Services

  • Plumbing Repairs
  • Faucet Repair
  • Plumbing Inspection
  • Toilet Repair
  • Re-piping
  • Clogged Drain Repair
  • Drain & Sewer Repairs
  • Slab Leak | Foundation Leak Repair
  • Gas & Electric Water Heater Repair and Replacement
  • Tankless Water Heaters
  • Garbage Disposal Repair and Replacement
  • Gas Line Repair and Replacement
  • Clogged Drain and Sewer Repair

Avoiding Frozen Water Lines in Richardson Texas

The worst thing that could happen to you this winter could be a plumbing nightmare. Frozen busted water lines in Richardson Texas. I have been in some houses that have suffered this problem and it isn’t a pretty site. What happens is when the water isn’t moving and the temperature gets low enough, the water will freeze. When water does freezes in a pipe it expands and can create pressure over 2,000 pounds per square inch. Normal water pressure is under 100 pounds per square inch. At 2,000 pounds it is enough pressure to rupture any pipe that is filled with water and has no place for the ice to expand to. When the water line bursts it can spill hundreds of gallons of water an hour. That equates to thousands of dollars in damage to your home. This is completely unnecessary when you know how easy it is to prevent a water pipe from freezing.

First, if you have lines on an exterior wall that are under a cabinet, open the cabinet doors. This lets the warmer air in and closer to the water lines and lessens the chance of frozen water lines and the necessary plumbing repairs. Second, let the water drip – This will help avoid Frozen Water Line in Richardson Texas.   I know that we are in a drought and I never recommend wasting water, but this is a very slow drip and could save you thousands in repairs. I let both hot and cold drip. This will also avoid plumbing repairs.

Some other things that you can do to avoid frozen water lines in Richardson Texas  and plumbing repairs would be to seal up cracks and holes outside that might let the cold in. Adding wall insulation or actual pipe insulation could add an extra layer of protection that keep the lines from freezing. Last applying electrical heating tape to lines that are easily accessible can be good. There are two types of heat tape, thermostatically controlled and the kind that you just plug in to get it hot. Be careful with these, like a space heater they can be very dangerous.

Don’t get me wrong. I want you to call Texas Green Plumbing for all your Richardson Plumbing Repairs. I just don’t want you to call me for repairs that could have been avoided by following a few simple steps.

How do fix a Slab Leak in Dallas?

Slab leaks can be costly and can cause major damage to your Dallas home.

The most common causes for slab leaks are shifting in the foundation, the corrosion of pipes, and foundation work.

You should call a Dallas plumber and have them check for a slab leak if you have one or more of the following signs.

1. Higher water bill than normal
2. Sound of running water coming from your floors or walls
3. Water standing in your yard
4. Hot or cold spots on your floors or walls

The cost associated with your slab leak may be covered by your insurance depending on your coverage and the insurance company.