During the frigid months of the year, there’s always a risk of damage caused by frozen pipes. While you should complete regular maintenance throughout the year, what should you do when you come home to a problem? In today’s blog, we’ll look at the steps you should take to handle frozen pipes before calling a water restoration company to assist.
Before Calling the Water Restoration Company Tip #1: Shut Off the Water Main
First, shut the water main off immediately. This will stop new water from entering your fixtures. Next, completely open or “turn on” any fixtures in your home. Doing this will help to relieve the pressure on your pipes and reduce the risk of a frozen pipe bursting. Be sure that you leave the water off and the fixtures wide open if you plan to leave the home for any reason.
Tip #2: Try Thawing the Frozen Pipes
Second, you can attempt to carefully thaw any visible pipes with a hairdryer or space heater. Use caution when using this method. Having either item too close to walls or flammable materials can cause a fire. If in doubt, don’t risk it!
Before Calling the Water Restoration Company Tip #3: Check Thawed Pipes For Leaks
Third, if you can access the frozen pipes, take a closer look to see if you spot any leaks. Since frozen pipes are known to expand and retract significantly, it’s important to inspect them carefully. This should still be done with the water pressure turned off. Even in such a condition, leaks will be easily visible.
Tip #4: Have Pipes Inspected ASAP
Fourth, you’ll want to contact a water restoration company as soon as possible. It’s important for a professional plumber to take a closer look at the entire piping system. Even if no leaks were detected, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Frozen pipes will experience significant changes in size and reliability as a result.
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If you suspect a frozen pipe is causing issues in your home, don’t wait to handle it. When a frozen pipe thaws, water can begin flowing and cause flooding throughout your home. We’ll be there quickly! We promise that one of our certified technicians will arrive within 45 minutes of your call.
Finding the problem, fixing the damage, and getting you back to normal is our top priority. Don’t delay–contact us today!