And The Pipes Froze…
So you’ve gone to great lengths at avoiding frozen pipes, or perhaps maybe you’re reading this a touch late. Either way, it’s cold outside & there’s barely a trickle coming out of your indoor faucets. Here’s your game plan:
- -Depending on your comfort level, begin troubleshooting. Otherwise call a professional for help (more on this later).
- -If you do decide to take matters into your own hands, take your best guess as to where the frozen section of pipe exists. Hopefully its obvious. If not, feel free to revert to step one.
- -Once you’ve located the frozen section of pipe, close your main water valve, waterproof the problem area as best as possible & open the nearest faucet.
- -Commence thawing – could be as easy as turning the heat up in your home or as surgical as heating the actual pipe with a hairdryer, heating pad, or other heating device. A buddy of mine suggests heating slowly towards the frozen section of pipe vs. the other way around.
Okay, Now What?
Hopefully by now you’ve successfully thawed your pipes & you’re getting fist bumps in all directions. But what if not the case? What if your pipes are still frozen or even worse, a pipe has burst? First & foremost (re)waterproof the area as best as possible as last thing you want in this situation is water damage, which could ultimately lead to mold growth, yuk! And as soon as you have the situation under control, call an emergency plumber or better yet, a disaster restoration provider as they can fix the problem & cleanup for you.
About the author
Chris Chapman is passionate about handing-down useful lessons he’s learned as a first-time home owner & ironically enough writes for Disaster Kleenup International (DKI) members such as Team Rapid.