For the next few months, frozen pipes will be one of the focal points of our water damage restoration business. If it’s below freezing outside and you turn on your water to find that there is nothing coming out, it’s very possible you have a frozen pipe. The most common pipes to freeze are those that are exposed. This includes pipes that are on the outside of the house, pipes in the basement and crawlspace, or pipes that are in an unheated area. That said, any pipe can freeze – especially when temperatures are well below the freezing point.
If pipes do freeze, don’t fret. There are a few things you can do to thaw them out and prevent the water damage that comes with it. Thawing frozen pipes can be done by using a heat source to warm them up. Do not use an open flame of any kind. Some suggestions to warm up thawed pipes include wrapping warm towels or a heating pad around the pipe or a hair dryer. Be very careful when using any electrical equipment in any area that includes water. Warm up the pipes until water comes out of the faucet and leave the faucet on for a few minutes to prevent water from freezing again.
To prevent pipes from freezing and causing water damage if they burst, insulate pipes that are exposed to elements or in an unheated area. You can wrap them in towels or buy pipe insulation from a hardware store. Keep your home at warm temperature even if you are not there. Many people come home from vacation to find their pipes have not only frozen but then burst – resulting in lots of water damage.
If you are having a problem with flooding or water damage due to frozen or burst pipes – or for any other reason – call us day or night. Water damage and flooding can happen at any time so we’re available for you 24/7/365.