Frozen pipes are dangerous for many reasons. They can cut off your access to water and burst, causing severe water damage in your home. To avoid an expensive accident and repair bills, you should know the common signs of frozen pipes, what to do if yours freeze, and how to thaw them out the right way. The Sabre Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning pros cover it all in this important blog.
Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes
Your best bet at avoiding frozen pipes is to prevent them. Before below-freezing temperatures really set in, try these DIY tips:
- Remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses, and open outside hose spigots so any remaining water can expand without breaking the pipe.
- Add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces to maintain a warmer temperature in these chillier areas.
- Open cabinet doors in kitchens and bathrooms on especially cold days/nights to keep warm air circulating around the exposed pipes. And open the faucet to a slow cold drip to keep water moving.
- Keep your furnace set to 60 degrees Fahrenheit or above if you’re away for an extended period of time. This ensures that even with a power outage, your pipes won’t run the risk of freezing for hours at the very least.
Signs Your Pipes Are Frozen
Have a suspicion your pipes are frozen? Look for these telltale signs:
- Strange smells coming from the faucet or drain
- Little or no water flowing from the pipe
- Visible frost on the pipe
- Water coming out at the wrong temperature
If your pipes freeze, you need to act quickly to avoid a burst pipe or water leak. Follow our tips below and be sure to call us for professional help.
How to Thaw Your Frozen Pipes Safely
There are serious dos and don’ts when it comes to thawing frozen pipes. Follow our professional plumbers’ list of what you should do:
- Turn your faucet on to a full stream to get water flowing
- Keep the faucet open to a very small stream so water runs out as it thaws
- Use a hair dryer, an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, or a space heater (kept a short distance away from the pipe and flammable objects) to warm the frozen section
- Check all other faucets in your home to make sure they’re working
Don’t use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or any other open flame device to thaw your pipe.
Need Help? Call Our Professional Plumbers Day or Night
Twin Cities’ homeowners have trusted our home comfort experts for reliable service and trustworthy Bryant® system recommendations for over 20 years. They also know that our 24-hour emergency service isn’t just for heating and cooling breakdowns. It covers plumbing, too, so if you suspect your pipes are frozen, give us a call right away: 763-473-2267. Our professionals will inspect your pipes and let you know the best solution to avoid a burst or water damage.