How to Stop Pipes Freezing in Winter DIY
"Wrap thermostat-controlled heat tape or cable around exposed pipes that tend to freeze.", says Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Wooster. When the ambient temperature approaches freezing, the pipes will warm up automatically. Once you've pinpointed the section of pipe that typically freezes, make sure to either ask an expert plumber from a Mr. Rooter near you to drain the supply lines or cover them with insulation.
You can also save energy dollars by wrapping insulation around pipes leading to radiators and convectors. Every couple of months, turn the radiators or convectors off, let them cool down, vacuum them with a crevice attachment, and wipe them clean with a damp cloth.
Mr. Rooter Tip Of The Week: What To Do If Pipes Freeze
If your pipes should happen to freeze, follow these tips before attempting to thaw a pipe!
- Tip #1: Shut off the main water valve. This will prevent water from gushing out as soon as the pipe is thawed.
- Tip #2: Open the taps supplied by the pipes to reduce steam pressure, which can cause pipes to burst. Close the taps when the pipes have thawed.
- Tip #3: If water isn't running anywhere in the house, a pipe near the water meter may be frozen. To confirm this, touch the meter and the exposed pipes adjacent to it. If they feel extremely cold, a nearby pipe probably needs thawing.
If the frozen pipe is safely reachable, you may start the thawing process by using a hair dryer, however, it is recommended to reach out to plumbing professionals at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Wooster as quickly as possible. Our team can use special tools to thaw your pipes safely and ensure that they do not burst. For frozen pipes or other plumbing problems at home contact us online or call (330) 238-8743 -- we offer emergency plumber services 24/7!