How To Fix Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes are a relatively common problem that many homeowners have. Don’t panic if you find that this is going on at your property. Mark Lindsay & Son Plumbing & Heating is here for your emergency plumbing needs and to help explain how to know if your pipes are frozen, how to thaw them, and even how to prevent frozen pipes. Here’s what you need to know in case it happens to you!
How to Locate Frozen Pipes
If you turn on a faucet and nothing comes out while the temperatures are cold outside, there’s a good chance you have a frozen pipe. You may have a partially frozen pipe if there is just a trickle of water or really poor water pressure. Follow the pipes back from the malfunctioning faucet until you find one with condensation or frost on it.
How to Thaw Frozen Pipes
You’ll need to be careful when thawing frozen pipes. How you should handle it depends on the situation, which we’ve outlined below!
How to Thaw Frozen Pipes in a Wall
Turn up the thermostat or aim an infrared heater at the section of wall with the pipe behind it. You may have to cut through the wall if these methods don’t work.
How to Thaw Exposed Frozen Pipes
Don’t use a torch or an open flame as it can damage the pipe. Instead, wrap the pipe in a heating pad or heating tape or set a space heater nearby.
How to Thaw Frozen Pipes Underground
Call the professional plumbing service team at Mark Lindsay & Son team and we’ll aim a jet of water down your frozen pipe until it thaws out. Don’t try to do this yourself or you may do more damage.
How to Prevent Frozen Pipes
There are several things you can do to prevent frozen pipes in the first place:
- Add insulation to your home
- Keep the thermostat turned up higher
- Wrap pipes that tend to freeze in self-heating tape
Mark Lindsay & Son Is Here For Your Plumbing Needs!
If you are having issues with frozen pipes and need a professional, reach out to our staff for help. We can get everything thawed out and fixed – fast!