Here are some tips on how to prevent frozen pipes at your home or establishment during cold weather:
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage;
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing;
- When the weather is extremely cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by expose pipes. Running water through the pipe helps prevent freezing;
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night;
- If you are going to be away during cold weather, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees.
If your pipes are indeed frozen, we suggest:
- Keep the faucet open — running water through the pipe will help melt ice.
- Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water.
- If you are unable to locate the frozen area if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call Action Plumbing, Inc.
- If you cannot thaw the frozen pipe – do not let too much time pass, because a frozen pipe may turn into a broken pipe and can cause property damage.
If you have frozen pipes at your home or business, the quicker you reach out to Action Plumbing, the quicker we can fix the situation. Contact us today!