What to Do if Your Pipes Freeze
Although it hasn’t dropped below freezing very often this winter, there have been a few cold spells where it’s been an issue. Oftentimes when these spells occur, homeowners and businesses have to deal with pipes that freeze and—typically—burst. Just last year, for example, when temperatures dropped below freezing for a few days, we had countless calls asking for help with burst pipes. Although there are ways to prevent freezing from the outset, it’s important to know what to do if it happens to you.
- Keep the faucet open. Water pipes burst when the water freezes and expands, causing increased pressure. But by keeping the faucet open, that pressure is reduced and allows the ice to thaw more quickly as running water helps it melt.
- If you can access the frozen portion, thaw it. The best way to address a frozen pipe is to thaw it. If you can access the frozen portion, apply hot towels, a hairdryer, or even an electric heating pad. But whatever you do, do not use any flame-based source to melt the ice.
- If you cannot access the frozen portion, call a plumber. While this actually might be difficult to do if there is a lot of demand, but if your pipes are frozen and you are unable to thaw it, a plumber will be able to help. Don’t hesitate to call a professional!
Frozen pipes can burst and lead to substantial water damage. If that happens to you, you’ll need a professional disaster restoration company to clean up and restore your home. Fortunately, if you live in the Hickory, NC area, you can call SERVPRO of Catawba County West at (828) 396-1070!