What to Do if Your Pipes Freeze

January 7, 2020
Icicles hanging from frozen pipe

During winter cold snaps, it is not uncommon for pipes to freeze, which can mean no running water or a burst pipe to deal with. So what do you do if that happens? Here’s some info to help you navigate the situation if it happens.


Pipes Most Likely to Freeze

Certain pipes are more susceptible to freezing than others. Depending on the location of your pipes and the amount of insulation covering them, you can predict which pipes in your home may be likely to freeze.

Basement and Attic Pipes

Basements and attics usually do not get as well heated as the rest of the house and sometimes lack proper insulation, leaving pipes in these areas more prone to freezing than pipes in the rest of the house.

Outdoor Wall Pipes

Water pipes that are located in exterior walls may not have much insulation and are exposed to cold conditions. This makes them quite vulnerable to freezing in the winter.


What Do I Do if My Pipes Freeze?

If you suspect that your pipes are frozen, turn up the heat in your home to help warm them up. You can also point a space heater at the frozen pipes to give them a little extra help. Whatever you do, do not try to thaw a pipe using an open flame. If the problem persists, call a plumber.


What Do I Do if a Pipe Bursts?

If a pipe bursts due to freezing, shut off your water as quickly as you can to minimize the amount of water that will spill out into your home. Once the water is safely off, call a plumber to come as soon as possible.

While you wait for the plumber, sop up as much of the water as you can. Mops, buckets, and towels are your friends here. Use a wet/dry vacuum if you have access to one.

If you need help with frozen or burst pipes or any other plumbing problem, call the reliable technicians at John Sadler today at 604-227-7414

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