Frozen pipes are dangerous – If the pipe freezes and then bursts it can cause major damage to your property. Once the water in the pipe freezes, pressure is created between the closed faucet and blockage can build up to a point that causes it to burst.
How do you know if you have frozen pipes?
What do you do if your pipes ARE frozen? ACT QUICKLY!
Tip 1: Locate the frozen area (most likely against an exterior wall or where the main water enters your home). Turn on your faucets. If no water comes out, or just a trickle, then the pipe leading to the faucet is likely frozen.
Tip 2: Open the Faucet - Before you begin to thaw the pipe, you need to open the faucet that the pipe feeds water into. Be sure to open both hot and cold handles. This will help relieve pressure in the system and will allow the water to escape once you begin to thaw the pipe
Tip 3: Begin the Thawing Process Start near the faucet, then work your way down to the blockage. This helps ensure the melting ice and steam is able to escape through the open faucet. If you start trying to thaw closer to the blockage, melting ice could get stuck behind the blockage, creating more pressure in the pipe and increasing the chances the pipe will burst.
Tip 4: Thawing Exposed Pipes that are easily accessible
Can you access the frozen pipe? If yes, try any of the options below.
Tip 5: Thawing Exposed Pipes that are NOT easily accessible
Are the frozen pipes enclosed and not easily accessed? Try these options.
Tip 6: Things to Avoid
Never attempt to thaw a pipe using an open flame, such as a propane torch. This can not only damage the pipe, it can also start a fire.
Tip 7: If the Pipe Bursts – Call Sage!
The first thing you should do is shut off the man water line to your property. This will prevent additional water from flooding and damaging your property. Make sure you know where the main shut off valve is on your property. It is located near your water meter. You also have smaller shut-off valves near sinks and toilets.
What do you do if you have a flooding issue?