Winter time is not just awful when you are driving and taking a bath. It is not only you who can suffer from the too much coldness—but even your pipes. One of the big problems during winter is when your pipes freeze.
Water cannot flow into your house and it becomes colder for everyone at home. You cannot cook warm soup, you cannot take hot shower, you cannot make tea.
What makes it more difficult is when it is impossible to get a plumber into the house in a short time because of the climate. Good thing is you can solve this problem on your own.
How do you know that your house got a frozen pipe? If all of the other faucets are yielding water except for one, then it could be a sign that its pipe is freezing.
Do not wait for the worst part when the ice would burst that pipe. You can immediately have the pipe thawed even without the help of any professional plumber.
We have some tips that can help you solve frozen pipe problems on your own.
Tips to prevent pipes at home from freezing
One of the best ways to stop pipes from freezing is by letting your faucets drip a bit. As you keep little water trickle through the pipes, you create a non-stagnant way where water can flow through. Another tip would be beaming small heater or heat lamp at the exposed pipes.
Through this, the pipes are kept warm and any forming ice inside will be melted. Wrapping uninsulated pipes will also protect them from the low temperature. You can use heating wires, newspapers, insulating tape, or foam. Keeping doors between unheated and heated rooms ajar will also help prevent frozen pipes.
Frozen pipe thawing
In case the pipes are already frozen, what you need to do is thaw them before they burst.
Here are some DIY thawing tips. Before you do anything, make sure that you shut the water off at the shutoff valve. You should then open the nearest faucet to the pipe for drainage purposes. Furthermore, you need to keep the area waterproof in case leaks happen. You can use plastic drop clothes or containers.
After securing the place, you can now focus on defrosting your pipes by warming them. A propane torch that has a flame nozzle can help thaw these pipes quickly. If you do not have one, you can use a heat lamp or hair dryer. If nothing of these is available, hot water will do the job for you. Just wrap the pipes with rags, and pour boiling water on them.
We have professional tradesmen who can help resolve plumbing issues at your home. We will immediately send our team to your house even during the coldest season. We are just a phone call away.