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Homeowner Handbook: What to Do If the Pipes Freeze

December 9, 2015 1:52 am

From ice dams to broken branches, winter weather can damage your home and property in more ways than one. One of winter’s most destructive effects is frozen pipes, which can burst and cost thousands to repair.

If your pipes have already frozen, shut off the water main leading into the home, say the experts at Roto-Rooter. This will reduce pressure on the pipes and minimize flooding if the pipes burst. This is particularly important if you are going to be away from home.

Even with the water main turned off, there will be enough pressure to reveal leaks once the pipe has thawed. Inspect for leaks regularly.

If the frozen pipe is exposed and visible, use a hair dryer or space heater to thaw the ice blockage. Do not use an open flame!

If you’d prefer the help of a professional, hire a plumber equipped with pipe-thawing equipment to get your pipes flowing again. The plumber can also assess any damage and make repairs if necessary.

If no leaks are found, a qualified plumber will examine pipes that experienced a hard freeze. Keep in mind some may need to be replaced because the material has experienced stretching and fatigue, putting the pipes at risk for future failure.

Source: Roto-Rooter

Published with permission from RISMedia.