One of the most common signs that your pipes are freezing is a slow faucet flow or being unable to access running water. A frozen pipe can create a lot of pressure inside the pipe and cause the pipe to burst. Therefore, we have put together a few tips on what to do if your pipes freeze.
What to Do if Your Pipes Freeze
The following are some tips on what to do if your pipes freeze:
- Shut off the water main and open faucets. Make sure to shut off the water main that leads into the structure. Additionally, open (not wide open, just open) any faucets connected to the pipe. This will reduce the pressure inside the pipe and minimize flooding in the event that the pipe bursts.
- Thaw ice blockage. Use a hair dryer or space heater on any exposed or visible pipes that are frozen. This will help to thaw the ice blockage. Avoid using any open flame and keep space heaters far enough away from the walls and flammable materials to avoid fire risk.
- Examine exposed pipes for leaks. Even after turning the water main off, there will be enough pressure to reveal leaks once the pipe has thawed.
- Contact College Station Plumbing. Keep in mind, pipes can begin spewing water inside walls when they thaw if the pipe has burst. This can result in flooding and cause serious property damage.
These are just a few tips on what to do if your pipes freeze. Contact a professional plumber at College Station Plumbing with the link below if you have a frozen pipe in your home or business. Our team is equipped with pipe-thawing equipment to get your pipes flowing again and if necessary, make repairs to damaged pipes.