If you find yourself without water during a freeze, here are some steps you can take:
Pressure in Pipes
Pipe bursts or fractures can occur due to built-up pipe pressure during winter, specifically at the weakest link. As the water in the supply line freezes, it expands and pushes against the water between the blockage and your residence. Follow the steps below to mitigate any potential trouble you may experience during freezing temperatures.
- Allow a slow drip from a faucet to prevent pipes from freezing.
- Open cabinet doors under sinks to allow the homes to heat in.
- If your pipes have burst inside your home, turn your water valve off to prevent further damage. Contact a plumber for further guidance.
Follow the steps to learn more about turning off your water:
- Click here to learn how to find your water meter or valve.
- The shut-off valve is usually located in the box adjacent to the meter box.
How to Thaw Frozen Pipes
- If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely, places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
- As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe. Keep the faucet open.
- To thaw a frozen pipe, use an electric heating pad or hair dryer to apply heat to the affected section. Alternatively, you can wrap towels soaked in hot water around the pipes or use a portable space heater (keeping it away from any flammable materials). It is crucial to avoid using any open flame devices, such as a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, or charcoal stove.
- Heat the frozen pipe until water pressure is restored. If you can't locate or access the frozen pipe, or if it can't be thawed, contact a licensed plumber.
Check all faucets in your home for frozen pipes. Other pipes may freeze, too.