Winter can be detrimental to your home, and your pipes often take a brutal blow from the bitter cold. Frozen pipes can cause many issues to your home, including water damage. Knowing what to do when your pipes become frozen from the winter weather can be beneficial before it ever happens.
If you’re dealing with frozen pipes beyond your ability to fix, contact a professional who can mitigate the issue. However, if you’re up to the task of thawing out those frozen pipes before a pope could burst, Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties offer these five tips to thaw things out.
Thawing Out Frozen Pipes
Locate the Frozen Pipe
In order to properly handle and thaw frozen pipes, one must locate them first. Sometimes, if the pipe is exposed, the frozen pipes can be located. These will have frost or even a spot that bulges if the water is blocked. Often, it can be noticed simply by turning on all water faucets, and seeing which ones have little or no water being released.
Once the frozen pipes are located, it now becomes time to turn on the faucet. Turn on both the hot and cold sides of the faucet before beginning to thaw the frozen pipes. This will help relieve pressure, which will make water release at a faster rate once you start thawing the frozen pipes, says SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties.
Use Hot Tools to Thaw
It can take a while to thaw frozen pipes completely, so it is important to use the right tools in order to not only efficiently thaw the frozen pipes but do so at a rapid rate. Wrap the frozen pipes in hot towels and use a hairdryer to blow on the frozen pipes with warm to hot air, essentially thawing them so water can release.
Avoid Open Flames
Although hot tools can be essential to thawing the frozen pipes at a rapid rate, there are tools that can be inefficient and even dangerous. Avoid using open flames to warm up and thaw your frozen pipes, such as a propane torch. Not only can these end up damaging the pipes, but they can also start a fire in your home, so it is crucial to avoid open flame usage.
Know When to Call a Professional
If you find that you are trying multiple techniques and frozen pipes are not thawing, or appear to have damage, know when it is time to call a professional for assistance. Although it can be great to solve a problem on your own, when a pipe bursts or you no longer feel comfortable, it’s time to throw in the towel (probably that hot one you wrapped around those pipes).
If a pipe has burst in your home as a result of frozen pipes or you’ve experienced water damage in your business, the Franchise Professionals at SERVPRO® of Cape May & Cumberland Counties are on-call for when the unexpected happens. Call 609-624-0202 for 24-hour emergency service.