Water Pipes Frozen
There is a good chance that in freezing weather unprotected water pipes will become frozen. On the chance that this happens to you, you may only experience interrupted water service until the water thaws. You could also have a water line rupture and require plumbing repairs. This could even cause property damage if not found soon enough.
Before the cold hits
- Find the location of your water shut-off valve switch and be certain to test it often.
- If you have automatic or manual sprinklers, be sure to turn them off and fully drain them.
- Disconnect all hoses from outdoor faucets and turn the faucets off.
- If there are pipes that are vulnerable to the cold you should insulate them before a freeze.
If you know a pipe is frozen
- Thaw the pipe as soon as possible or call a plumber for help.
- If you do it yourself, shut off the water or test the shut-off valve. You do not want water suddenly gushing from the pipe when it thaws.
Remember: Slowly thaw the pipes, don’t rush things.
- Pipes warmed too fast may break, so be careful when you thaw them.
- Do not use a flame thrower. Maybe a hair dryer.
Preventive measures to help your water pipes from freezing
- Let hot and cold water drip from faucets. The cost is nothing compared to damage from frozen pipes. Also be sure water is not running into open drain that pipe could become frozen.
- You can open kitchen cabinets and bathroom doors under sinks to help circulate heat to un-insulated pipes.
Unused rooms with plumbing should be left open for heat to enter.
- Stop air leaks around windows and doors to stop cold air from entering the house.
If any water pipes do freeze just contact us at (352) 316-3229 and we will get them fixed.
J.W. Freeman Plumbing | 3499 NW 97th Blvd #8 | Gainesville, FL 32606 | (352) 316-3229