What to Do When Your Pipes Freeze
If freezing temperatures, cold and flu, and shoveling snow was bad enough, what happens if your pipes freeze during winter? When the temperatures drops below freezing and the water inside your pipes turn solid, you may have an issue on hand. Frozen pipes can be concerning because they can result in a minor water leak to a flood that could cost you thousands.
How do you decipher if you have frozen pipes? If the pipes are in sight, look for any frost around the pipe or any lumps that appear to be inside. Now what if your pipes are not visible? One of the first indicators would be to check the water pressure. Is there little to no water coming out of the sink? Or is your toilet becoming hard to flush? These are all signs that you may have frozen pipes, or even worst a leak caused by the frozen water inside.
There are ways to thaw out your frozen pipes if they are visible. If your pipes are not then you should call a plumbing repair service or a plumbing contractor to come inspect your home. Make sure if you call a professional, that it is a respected licensed plumber. To thaw out a pipe first make sure you have turned off the water supply. Once you have done that, make sure you have something to catch any water that may leak. You can use any type of heater for example, a space heater, heat lamp, or wrap hot wet towels around your pipe to slowly thaw it.
It is hard to prevent frozen pipes especially when the temperatures are frigid, but there are some solutions that may help. By constantly allowing your faucet to run, or even drip, relieves pressure in the system. Preventing this pressure from building up allows the pipe to not freeze, let alone burst! If you have pipes running through your cabinets, it may be a good idea to leave these cabinet doors open to allow heat to flow to and through them. If neither of these work, you can always count on heating tape that applies directly to the pipes. There are two types of heating tape; one that can sense when to turn on and off by itself and a manual tape that needs to be plugged in when heat is needed. I hope this helps if you happen to get stuck in this situation in the future.