The easiest way to deal with pipes freezing is to prevent them from freezing but if it does happen, you need to move quickly to help minimize any damage that is occurring. Frozen pipes don’t necessarily always burst, but when they do it is because the water is expanding as it’s freezing and adding pressure on the pipe. One way to prevent freezing pipes includes insulating pipes from the cold elements with foam, or by placing an insulating dome over the pipe. You can also allow for a slow drip from the faucet.
Identify the Frozen Pipe
In order to identify a frozen pipe, you will see a bugling in the pipe or a water line covered in frost, but not every frozen pipe is visible. If you notice that there isn’t water flowing through the faucet or the toilet isn’t refilling, that’s a sign there may be an issue.
Thawing Frozen Pipes
Be sure to turn off the water supply before doing anything. The frozen water can be acting as a plug, which prevents the water from spilling out any cracks. Be ready with a bucket, mop, and towels in case there is a leak due to a crack. Use a heat lamp, hairdryer, or space heater to thaw the length of the pipe. You can also wrap pipes in thermostatically controlled heat tape. Don’t use a propane torch, as this could be a fire hazard.
If Pipes Burst
If a pipe bursts, you should shut off the main water supply in order to prevent more flooding. Next call the plumber. While you are waiting for the plumber, try to dry out the area by removing as much water as you can using sponges, mops, and towels. In order to prevent any mildew or mold, use a dehumidifier in the area until it’s dry. If the damage is extensive, also call your insurance agent.
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