Don’t Leave Still Water in Pipes
When the weather gets too cold, you should let water drip from your faucet. While the dripping might be irritating, this will help prevent water from freezing. You can detect a frozen pipe if the faucet stops working, or the toilet doesn’t refill.
Insulate Your Pipes
Another thing you can do to make sure your pipes don’t burst is to keep them well insulated. Make sure you insulate your indoor pipes residing in cold areas such as garages, attics, or basements, with a heated reflector light or expanding foam.
Proper insulation is important to keep pipes warm from the inside so they don’t freeze. Another option is to install a circulating pump that keeps the water temperature high enough to not freeze.
Thawing a Frozen Pipe
If your pipes are frozen, try thawing them yourself before it bursts. The most important thing is to find the place where the pipe is frozen. This can be extremely difficult since most often, the frozen areas of pipe are behind walls or in crawl spaces.
If you can’t find the frozen area, call a plumber as soon as possible. If you can find and access the area, use a heating pad, warm washcloth, hair dryer, or space heater to thaw it.
Never pour boiling water into a frozen pipe! If it thaws too quickly it will break. The quick change between hot and cold water will cause them to burst if they haven’t already.
You can use a heating pad, warm washcloth, hair dryer or a space heater. Or call a plumber as soon as possible to handle it.
Why Do Pipes Burst When Frozen?
Temperatures constantly fluctuate throughout the day and frozen pipes may continue to contract (melt) and expand (freeze) throughout the day and night. This repetitive process can be damaging to your pipes even in a frozen state, and can run a risk of bursting even when frozen.
If the pipe has high water pressure or a large amount of water, there will be too much ice for the pipe, causing the pipe to break or burst.
These are the things that you need to do when a frozen pipe bursts. There’s no need to panic when it happens at your home or apartment. Just make sure you have the contact details of a reliable plumber or water damage professional like Jenkins Restorations ready for emergency situations such as this.