In much of the United States, frozen pipes are a common hazard associated with winter weather. If basic precautions aren’t taken, frozen pipes can burst and cause an extremely disruptive home disaster. Mr. Rooter® Plumbing handles frozen or burst pipe problems quickly and effectively.
What to Do About Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes in winter do not always lead to disaster. Things only get dicey when they burst. So if your pipe is frozen but still intact, here’s what to do:
- Turn on all the faucets in the house. This gives the water somewhere to go when the ice inside the pipes starts to melt. Make sure not to leave the house unattended with faucets open.
- Turn on the furnace or space heaters to get the house warmed up. Use fans to circulate the warm air. If you can, apply heat to the frozen water supply line with a space heater or hair dryer.
What to Do to Fix a Burst Pipe
If the problem has escalated to a burst-pipe situation, there are a few things you should do immediately:
- Turn off the whole house main water shut off valve.
- Call your local Mr. Rooter Plumbing to fix the burst pipe.
- Start cleaning up the water, if it’s safe to do so.
Burst Pipe Repair Near Me
When you’re facing the challenge of a burst pipe in your home, count on the experts at Mr. Rooter Plumbing. We have the training and experience to resolve any frozen or burst pipe problem so you can get your conveniences back. Call or request an estimate online.
Frequently Asked Questions
How to fix a frozen faucet:
It’s the water supply line connected to the faucet that freezes, not the faucet itself. Turn the faucet to the on position. Then identify the section of pipe that’s frozen and apply heat to it. Some good heat sources include a space heater, hair dryer, or heat wrap.
How to winterize an outdoor faucet:
- Disconnect hoses and store them indoors for the winter.
- Turn off the water supply to spigots, and then drain each spigot.
- Install an insulated, protective cover on each spigot.
How to prevent frozen pipes:
You know what they say about an ounce of prevention. Taking a few basic precautions will help prevent frozen pipes in your house.
- Open a faucet and allow a small trickle of cold water to run. This will keep the water moving in your pipes and prevent freezing.
- Keep warm air circulating around your pipes by opening the sink cabinet.
- Place a small fan near your pipes (e.g., under sink cabinets) to keep the air moving.
- Make sure basement doors, windows, and crawl spaces are properly sealed and weather stripped
- Insulate your water pipes with pipe insulating materials.
- Do outdoor prep before winter: Drain out your sprinkler system. Disconnect and drain all outdoor hoses. Place insulating covers over exterior water spigots.
- Seal and insulate your attic.
- Consider replacing drafty windows and doors.
- Consider installing storm windows and protective plastic window coverings.