Winter is always unpredictable. We can have mild weather for months, and then suddenly Mother Nature decided to keep us on our toes. While it is hard to avoid your car covered in snow, it can be easy to forget the risk the cold weather creates for our plumbing. Temperatures can drop out of nowhere, and even with preventive measures, pipes can still freeze. What is important is to keep in mind that just because a pipe is frozen, doesn’t necessarily mean it will burst. There are still steps you can take to avoid damage and a pricey bill of repair.
What Should I do?
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that you will most likely still need to call a plumber. When it comes to your piping system, you want to make sure that a professional looks things over to avoid any further damage. If you turn on your faucets, but notice that nothing is coming out, leave the faucet on, and call your plumber. If you notice any standing water, be sure to avoid using any electrical equipment.
While there is no guarantee, you may be able to use a hairdryer to thaw the water in your pipe. Start with the area closest to the faucet, and make your way down. NEVER try to use any open flame!
If you suspect that your pipe has burst, turn off the main valve and leave the faucet on. Be sure that everyone in your family knows where this valve is for future reference, as well as how to turn it on/off.
Dealing with a frozen water pipe can be a stress, but know that it doesn’t always need to be a worst case scenario. At Plumb Doctor , we are available 24/7 for all your plumbing needs.