Want to avoid major water damage this winter? Then you need to prevent your pipes from freezing. Water expands when it freezes and can cause your pipes to break, resulting in some major household problems. And it doesn’t matter if your parts are made out of metal or plastic, or what the strength is – expanding water will put pressure on your pipes until they burst. To prevent a disaster from happening, follow these steps on what to do if your pipes freeze.
Keep The Faucet Open
If you turn on your faucet and only a little bit of water comes out, your pipe is likely frozen. Instead of turning off the faucet, keep it open. That way when the water begins to melt after you treat it, the water will flow through, helping to melt even more of the ice.
Identify The Frozen Pipe
You need to find the pipe that is frozen and locate the blockage. Start at the faucet and follow the pipe to where it runs through cold areas, like an unheated basement or exterior wall. Check to see if you can find an area where the pipe may have ice on it, or where it may be expanded.
Once you’ve located the source of the problem, you need to apply heat to the area to thaw out the pipe. One way to do this is to wrap a heating pad around the pipe. If you don’t have a heating pad, you can try using a portable space heater or hair dryer to blow hot air onto the pipes. You can also boil some water and pour it down your drains to heat up the pipes. Whatever you do, avoid using any type of open flame near the pipe, which could result in a fire accident or more damage to your piping lines.
Restore Water Pressure
Make sure to keep the heat source on the pipe until the water pressure returns to normal. If after the pipe has thawed, you notice that there’s still a reduced water flow, you’ll need to check your other faucets to see if there are other additional frozen pipes.
Call A Plumber
If you cannot identify the problem or you’re unable to thaw the pipes, then it’s time to call a licensed plumber. They can help fix the problem and also show you how to protect your pipes in the future properly.
To prevent a water disaster from happening in the middle of winter, always address a frozen pipe as fast as possible. And there’s no better way to get an effective result than to call a plumber. If you suspect a frozen pipe, call us at Faucet Fix. We can help you fix the problem before it gets serious and also show you how to prevent freezing pipes in the future!