Protecting Your Pipes from Freezing and Bursting

As temperatures begin to drop there is a risk of frozen pipes which unfortunately can lead to burst pipes in your home.  As we approach winter protecting and preventing froze pipes is something you need to pay attention to.

The pipes that are the most at risk are those that are in areas of the home that are not as heated.  The areas for at risk pipes include basements, garages and attics, although typically not many pipes are in the attic.  It is possible that pips running through cabinets or exterior walls could be at risk.

How Pipes Freeze

As the temperature drops and we start to seeing freezing temperatures we may see froze pipes.  A frozen pipe is caused due to the water in the pipe freezing and then expanding since that is typically what occurs when water freezes.  If you have ever stuck a full water bottle in the freezer you probably have noticed that it expanded and may have broken the bottle.

Prevent Pipes from Freezing

As soon as you notice the temperature dropping on the outside, it’s time to take preventative measures to ensure that water is moving and your pipes do not freeze.  Here are a few things you can do to help prevent frozen pipes:

  • If you have pipes in the garage make sure your garage is insulated
  • Open your cabinet doors to allow heat to get to the pipes under there
  • Turn on your faucet to allow water to run through the pipes
  • Keep your house at a consistent temperature
  • If you aren’t home at lease keep the heat at 55 degrees
  • Install Installation around any exposed pipes

Thawing your pipes.

If you turn on your faucet and only get a trickle of water it is very possible you have a frozen pipe.  If this is the case then you can take a few steps to verify and resolve the issue or determine if you need to contact a plumber.

Perform an inspection of your pipes, especially those that are exposed to the elements to determine if they look like they may be froze.

Once you have identified the potentially frozen pipes apply heat to those pipes to assist in thawing them.

A hair dryer can be used to apply heat directly to the area that is froze.  Another method of thawing the pipes can include using a space heater in the area – if you are using a space heater be very careful and ensure you have proper ventilation.  We do NOT recommend using a blow torch or any other devices with flames.

Once you have warmed the area some it is a good idea to turn your faucets on to allow water to run through and help melt the ice in the pipes.

To test that you have been successful you can turn on all of your faucets and ensure that they are all flowing with proper water flow.

If you are unable to find the source of the frozen pipe or if you were unable to thaw them prior to them bursting, please be sure to contact Crown Pluming right away at 303-660-4174.