How To Diagnose A Frozen Pipe
If pipes are frozen, we recommend calling a plumber for emergency service. Frozen pipes cause a lot of damage if not treated quickly and carefully. Avoid defrosting the pipes yourself, especially since pipes may already have burst. If it unfreezes, the water might come rushing out.
How To Prevent Pipes From Freezing
When temperatures fall below freezing, take precautions to prevent damage to your plumbing system. To prevent frozen pipes:
- Keep water moving by allowing faucets to drip
- Drain water from pipes likely to freeze
- Insulate areas around vents and light fixtures
- Seal wall cracks
- Open bathroom and kitchen cabinets to circulate warm air
- Keep the thermostat on
- And call a plumber for regular inspection and maintenance
If pipes are already frozen, be very careful. Do not thaw them with an open flame. Frozen pipes can be thawed with blow dryers, space heaters, and heat tape, but they must be used safely. Talk to your plumber if you’re unsure.
What Happens If A Pipe Bursts?
Start with shutting off the main water supply to minimize flooding. While calling your local plumber, if it is safe to do so, remove as much water as possible using sponges, towels, or a wet/vac. This can help minimize mold and mildew risks.
For expert residential routine maintenance or emergency repairs, give Super Service Plumbing a call at (707) 544-6444 today.