Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes can be a common issue during cold winter months.

Here are some steps to take if you discover frozen pipes:
1. Identify the frozen pipes: Check the areas where you suspect the pipes may be frozen, such as unheated basements, crawl spaces, or exterior walls. Look for visible signs like frost on the pipes or bulges.
2. Open faucets: Open the faucet connected to the frozen pipe to relieve any pressure. This can help prevent further damage from excessive pressure if the pipe bursts.
3. Apply heat to the frozen section: Safely thawing the pipe is essential. You can use various methods, including:
  •  Hairdryer: Direct warm air towards the frozen area, starting from the faucet end and moving towards the icy area.
  • Hot towels or rags: Soak towels in hot water and wrap them around the frozen pipe.
  • Heat lamp or portable heater: Position a heat lamp or portable heater near the pipe to gradually raise the temperature.
Never use an open flame or high-heat devices to thaw pipes, as it can cause damage or pose a fire hazard.
4. Monitor the thawing: As the pipe thaws, you may start to hear water flowing through the pipe. Continue applying heat until full water pressure is restored.
5. Check for leaks: After the pipes have thawed, check for any leaks or cracks. If you find any, it’s crucial to repair them promptly to prevent water damage.
6. Insulate and prevent future freezes: To avoid future frozen pipes, consider these preventive measures:
  • Insulate pipes in unheated or exposed areas with pipe insulation sleeves or heating tape.
  • Keep cabinet doors open under sinks to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Seal any gaps or cracks in walls, floors, or windows where cold air can seep in.

If you are unable to locate the frozen section, the pipe has burst, or you are uncomfortable handling the situation yourself, it’s advisable to contact Dayton Plumbing today at (905) 604-7710 for assistance. Remember, preventing frozen pipes by maintaining proper insulation and temperature is crucial during colder months.