Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes in Your House
You do everything that you can to protect your home, but when the temperatures drop in the winter, new risks present themselves. It doesn’t have to be that cold outside for your pipes to freeze, which could cause serious damage to your home and your belongings if they burst.
You can reduce the chance of this happening by taking a few precautionary measures. You can also reduce your worry by having a plan in place if you should experience a frozen pipe. Here is what you need to know:
Frozen Pipe Action Plan
You’ll be able to tell if a pipe is frozen if a single faucet doesn’t work. You can also usually find the trouble spot by touching the pipe (feels very cold) or by tapping on it. It will sound less hollow than other parts of the pipe.
Act quickly to apply safe heat. You can use a space heater, a hair dryer or a heat lamp. Other items (i.e. like an open flame) can be quite dangerous. The key is to have the pipe thaw evenly and safely to avoid any potential of bursting.
Identify Trouble Spots
If you are going to have a frozen pipe, chances are it will appear in one of your exterior pipes because they are more vulnerable. Make sure that you know where these pipes are located and keep an eye on them.
Do what you can to make sure that warm air has access to these pipes. Consider using a fan in cooler areas of your home. Leave cabinet doors open under kitchen and bathroom sinks.
Attic Windows and Garage Door
Heat rises, so if you have your windows open in your attic, hot air will rise and out of your home. You need the warm air inside to help keep the pipes warm.
On the same note, keep your garage door closed for an extra layer of protection against the cold. This is especially important if you have piping in your garage.
Heat Tape Wrapping
You use insulation in your home to keep heat in, right? You can use the same idea for your pipes. Heat tape is a very effective way to trap heat from escaping. It can be tricky to apply on your own, so don’t be shy to call your plumber for help.
Run Hot Water
Now and then, get in the habit of letting the hot water flush out your pipes. This regular application of heat can stop frozen chunks from starting. It is also helpful to leave a few faucets running at all times, even if it is just a trickle. This water flow will keep things moving enough to keep water from freezing.
For help with frozen pipes and all your plumbing needs, call All Types Plumbing, Drain & Rooter Services at (435)-833-9393.