Frozen pipes are a fairly common plumbing problem that many homeowners have dealt with. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know if this every happens to you!
If you turn on a faucet and nothing comes out after a cold spell, there’s a pretty good chance you have a frozen pipe. The pipe may just be partially frozen if there’s a trickle of water coming out when you turn on the tap. Regardless, this is still an issue that needs to be resolved quickly.
If possible, follow the pipes back from the malfunctioning faucet until you find one with frost or condensation on it. It’s a good idea to test other taps throughout your home to determine whether the frozen pipe is nearby or if it’s a few junctions back from the faucet.
If one of your pipes is indeed frozen, you’ll need to be careful. Don’t ever use a torch or an open flame when thawing frozen pipes, as it can cause damage to the pipe. Instead, wrap the pipe in a heating pad or heating tape or set a space heater close to the frozen pipe.
If the frozen pipe is not very accessible, turn up your thermostat and wait. You can also aim an infrared heater at the section of wall with the frozen pipe behind it. You may have to cut through the wall if these methods don’t work.
If the frozen pipe is located underground, you’ll need to call in a plumber. They’ll aim a jet of water down your frozen pipe until it thaws out. Don’t attempt this yourself as you may do more harm than good.
If the pipes haven’t burst, then unfreezing them should fix the problem. If the pipes have burst, call in one of our trusted Framingham plumbers to quickly take care of the problem. We’ll replace the broken section of pipe and get your plumbing system back in working order.
In a previous post, we went into detail about how to prevent frozen pipes. We’ve summarized several things you can do to prevent frozen pipes below:
If you have any more questions about frozen pipes, call us at Nicholson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning today!
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