Frozen pipes are a serious inconvenience. When toilets won’t refill and showerheads barely afford you a drip, everyday tasks get put on hold – and you’re left scrambling to fix the problem as soon as possible.
So how can you thaw frozen pipes and reclaim control of your domestic plumbing? Here’s what to do if your water pipes freeze:
1. Find the frozen section. Locate sections of pipe that are exposed to the elements. You will usually see frost on the outside of the frozen area. In some cases, there may even be a bulge in the pipe where ice has started expanding.
2. Thaw the pipe. There are several ways to thaw a frozen water pipe. From hair dryers to heat lamps, anything you do to heat the frozen area will help. Be sure to safely position any heat sources you use to thaw your pipes. Too much heat can cause plastic or PVC pipes to melt.
3. Pipe cracked? Shut off your water. If you couldn’t thaw the pipe before it burst, turn off your water and put a bucket under the pipe to catch drips. And call an experienced plumber to fix the problem!
The good news about frozen pipes is that you might not have to experience them at all. When temperatures drop below 32 degrees, there are steps you can take to keep pipes from freezing. Insulating exposed pipes with foam wrap and letting faucets drip a little at night can go a long way toward preventing a pipe from bursting and putting your showering, dishwashing, and cooking on hold.
If harsh winter weather foiled your best efforts and your pipes have already burst, call Newcomb and Company. We’ll send a certified service representative to your North Carolina home to locate the cracked pipe and get your plumbing back to normal.