Here are some tips on how to prevent frozen pipes at your home or establishment during cold weather:
- Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage;
- Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing;
- When the weather is extremely cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by expose pipes. Running water through the pipe helps prevent freezing;
- Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night;
- If you are going to be away during cold weather, leave the heat on and set to a temperature no lower than 55 degrees.
If your pipes are indeed frozen, we suggests:
- Keep the faucet open — running water through the pipe will help melt ice.
- Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water.
- If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call Action Plumbing, Inc.
- If you cannot thaw the frozen pipe – do not let too much time pass, because a frozen pipe may turn into a broken pipe and can cause property damage.