Don’t Let Frozen Pipes Get The Best Of You This Winter

Don't Let Frozen Pipes Get The Best Of You This WinterInclement winter weather can cause all sorts of dangerous and expensive mishaps, including ice dams and frozen pipes. When water freezes inside your home’s pipe system, it expands. Often, the pressure from expanding ice can become strong enough to cause the entire pipe to burst, which can be quite messy and potentially cause significant damage.

To reduce the chances of a potentially pricey fix from frozen pipes, be sure to take the following measures:

  • Pinpoint the freeze. Most people are unaware that they have frozen pipes until they attempt to turn on the faucet and find that the water has been reduced to a slow trickle. Because HVAC professionals may not be able to reach your home in icy conditions, you may have to take matters into your own hands. The first step is to find out where the pipes have frozen by turning on each faucet in your home. Those with a slow trickle are where the pipes have frozen.
  • Open the faucet. This is so the steam from the freeze will have somewhere to go once you begin the thawing process. If you fail to open the faucet, the pipes could burst from pressure.
  • Begin thawing. There are two primary ways you can thaw out your pipes. The first is to wrap the pipe with thick towels and soak the towels with hot water. Keep a bucket underneath the pipe to catch the water as it drips from the towel. The other method is to use a heat lamp or hair dryer. If you choose this method, remember to keep the heat source a few feet from the pipe.
  • Inspect the pipes for any damage or leaks. If you discover a leak, wrap the area with rubber sealing tape and contact your plumbing professional.

If you have questions about how to best prevent frozen pipes or you find yourself needing a plumbing professional, contact the experts at Paitson Bros. Winter weather can be brutal, but we’re here to help. We’ve proudly served Terre Haute homeowners since 1922.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about frozen pipes and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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