How Prevent and Thaw Frozen Pipes?

January 1, 2020

Frozen pipes are a potential problem every winter. When you know how to prevent and thaw frozen pipes, you can ease your worries on cold nights. If you follow the tips below, it’s very unlikely you’ll ever have frozen pipes.

Keep the Bathroom and Kitchen Sink Cabinets Open on Cold Nights

When it drops below 21 degrees outside, your pipes are at risk of freezing. You can help prevent them from freezing by opening the cabinet doors under your bathroom and kitchen sink. This allows warm air inside to keep the pipes warmer.

Drip Cold Water From the Faucet on Cold Nights

If you keep the cold water running at a drip or a trickle, your pipes are less likely to freeze. The constantly flowing water assists in melting any ice that begins forming. We recommend doing this on nights it drops below 21 degrees.

Insulate Your Pipes

All pipes should be insulated to prevent them from freezing. You can buy inexpensive pipe insulation at hardware stores. Remember to insulate pipes in crawl spaces, the attic, and the basement. These areas get colder than the rooms you frequently use.

Don’t Leave the Garage Doors Open

Whether or not you have water supply lines in the garage, it’s important to keep the doors closed during the winter. Cold air rushing inside the garage will make your pipes more likely to freeze.

What to Do If Your Pipes Freeze

It’s possible albeit unlikely for your pipes to freeze despite your best efforts to prevent this problem from occurring. If your pipes have frozen, check if they have burst. A burst pipe can flood your home. When you can’t find or access the frozen pipe, you’ll need to contact a plumber. FloHawks Plumbing + Septic offers pipe repair for frozen pipes and other problems in Puyallup, Tacoma and the surrounding areas.

As long as your pipes aren’t burst, leave the faucet on until full water flow is restored and apply a safe heating source to the frozen pipe. Ways you can warm the frozen pipe are a space heater, an electric hair dryer, an electric heating pad and hot towels wrapped around the pipe. Don’t use blowtorches, charcoal stoves, kerosene heaters or propane heaters to warm the pipe. Open flames are dangerous and can damage the pipe.

FloHawks Plumbing + Septic is a fully licensed, bonded and insured plumber serving Covington and the surrounding areas. We’ll show up to fix your plumbing at any hour on any day of the week for emergencies. Some of our other services include the following: septic repair, septic installation, septic maintenance, drain cleaning, commercial plumbing, hot water heater repair and hot water heater installation. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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