We are now in the middle of winter, and with winter comes the chance of frozen pipes.
Frozen pipes almost always leads to burst pipes. In your home or business, this can mean a sudden water flow that could cause costly damage to your property.
It is important to know what to do when your pipes freeze. As with any type of water damage, the faster you identify the section of pipe that is frozen, the more likely you are to minimize damage to your property!
What Should I Do When My Pipes Freeze
If temperatures fall below freezing for an extended period of time and only a trickle of water is coming from a turned on faucet, then you may have a frozen pipe.
I cannot stress enough that time is of the essence when you have a frozen pipe or pipes. Once you identify the problem area or areas, most likely pipes against exterior walls or water service that enters through your foundation walls of your building, then thaw the affected pipe or pipes.
How to thaw frozen pipes:
- Keep the faucets on. The frozen areas will begin to melt as water runs through them.
- Apply heat to the affected areas by using a blow dryer, heating pad, or water soaked hot towels. Do not use a torch or an open flamed device.
- Make sure the heat is applied to the pipes until full water pressure is reestablished to the pipes. If you cannot find and/or correct the problem, call a licensed master plumber in to correct the problem.
- Lastly, check every facet in your building to make sure additional pipes are not frozen.
How To Stop Frozen Pipes
Now that you understand what to do when your pipes freeze, let us take a look at how to prevent frozen pipes from occurring in the first place. Here are a few steps that will save you headaches later:
- When the temperature drops below the freezing range, turn on at least one faucet to drip overnight. Choose a faucet at the highest level of your building so you will have a constant flow of water through your piping.
- Exposed pipes in your garage, basement, and outside must be insulated. Use insulated sleeves or insulated tape for your pipes. For exterior facets use domes.
- If you are going out of town for a week or two, shut off the valve at your main water service, open up all your facets and let the water drain from them. You should close the facets once the water is completely drained from your pipes. Keep your building heated at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
What To Do If a Water Pipe Burst
- Shut off the main water supply to your building. This will stop further water damage to your property.
- Then, call First Choice Restoration! Damage from burst pipes must be taken care of immediately. Our experienced restoration team is ready to serve you 24/7 to mitigate water damage in your building.
- While you wait for our technicians to arrive at your Philadelphia area home or business in 60 minutes or less, take this time to move your unaffected personal property to a dry location. Try to dry as much of the standing water as you can.
- Our technicians will take care of the rest! We will restore your property back to its original condition. We even accept direct payment from your insurance company.