Frozen Pipes-Winter Water Damage

Prevent Frozen Pipes





How To Avoid Frozen Pipes:


  • Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines but do not put antifreeze in your water supply lines unless directed.
  • Remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses and be sure to close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs.
  • Make sure to keep your outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
  • Do a check around your home for other areas where water supply lines are may be located in unheated areas. (basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets)
  • Make sure hot and cold water pipes in unheated areas are properly insulated.
  • Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a “pipe sleeve” or installing UL-listed “heat tape,” “heat cable,” or similar materials on exposed water pipes.
  • Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.


Pipes Can Break During Thawing



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How To Thaw Frozen Pipes:


  • You should suspect a frozen pipe if you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out. Most likely places for frozen pipes include exterior walls and where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open,  as you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in it.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe. You can also use an electric hair dryer or a portable space heater. Keep all heaters away from flammable materials. You can also try wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water.
  • Never use a blowtorch, charcoal stove, kerosene or propane heater, or other open flame device.
  • Call a licensed plumber if you are unable to locate the frozen area or if the frozen area is not accessible.


What To Do If A Water Line Breaks:

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