How To Handle Frozen Pipes

One of the most common threats to homes during winter months is a frozen pipe. If you catch it in time, it may not be a problem, but if it bursts, it can cause extensive damage. Here are some tips on how to handle and prevent this from happening.

Before Burst

If you turn on the faucet in your sink and nothing but a small trickle comes out, you probably have a frozen pipe. The good news is that, if some water is still getting to your sink, it probably hasn’t busted yet. Turn off the water and locate the problematic pipe. Thaw it by applying gentle heat, such as directing air from your hair dryer toward it or wrapping it in a warm towel. Test your progress by occasionally turning the faucet back on. Once the water is flowing normally, you know the problem has been remedied.

After Burst

You may not know you have a busted pipe until you see signs of water damage on a wall, ceiling or floor. This is not something you can typically deal with on your own. Start by turning off the water main to cut off the water supply. Then call the professionals. You will need a plumber to fix the pipe itself and water damage restoration service Mesa, AZ, to clean up the damage it caused. 

Freeze Prevention

The best solution, of course, is prevention. To keep your pipes from freezing in the first place, you need to protect them. Make sure that any plumbing line that is exposed to the outside or those located near exterior walls are well insulated. Maintain a warm temperature in your home, even when you are away, to keep indoor pipes safe. Let faucets drip and open cabinets overnight to prevent colder temperatures from prevailing.

Protecting your home from water damage starts with good prevention. Take care of your pipes, and don’t delay solving problems when they do arise.