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The Best Way to Deal with Frozen Pipes

Winter can be a difficult time for your plumbing system because it has a higher risk of getting frozen. When some of the pipes are coated with ice, it’ll be hard for water to flow smoothly throughout your home.  However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything about it.

Here are some tips you can apply to deal with frozen pipes in the best ways possible:

Identify the Signs of a Frozen Water Pipe

In order to know if what you’re dealing with is a frozen pipe (and nothing else), look for these following telltale signs:

  • You see lumps in the pipe
  • Water line is covered with frost
  • There’s no water coming out of the faucet, showerhead, etc.
  • Strange smells usually caused by a blockage in the plumbing system

If you encounter any of these problems, then you can proceed to thaw the pipes. Just remember to act with extreme caution, so as not to make the situation worse.

Prepare to Thaw the Pipes

The first thing you want to do is to turn off your home’s water supply. You don’t want to add any more pressure to the plumbing system. You can also leave faucets slightly open to help melt a portion of the frozen pipe. Next, grab a mop and some towels because you’ll need something to clean up the melted ice.

Once you have your cleaning materials on hand, you can start thawing the pipes. To know which pipes are frozen, you can feel the temperature with your hand or use an infrared thermometer.

When the problem areas are located you can use a heat lamp, space heater, or hair dryer to thaw the ice. You can also try wrapping towels that have been soaked in hot water around them.

It’s especially important not to use anything with an open flame (e.g. propane heater, kerosene, blowtorch, etc.) when thawing frozen pipes. Doing so places you at a higher risk of creating a fire.

If All Else Fails, Call the Plumbers for Help

If you aren’t able to thaw your pipes quickly, there’s a good chance that the frozen pipe will burst. This happens when there’s a lot of pressure contained in the plumbing system, which causes the structure to expand and break.

A burst pipe is a terrible type of water disaster that can negatively affect your home. Not only does it have the capability to create severe property damage, but it also encourages the following problems to develop:

  • Indoor flooding
  • Water contamination
  • Mold and mildew growth
  • Infestation of water-loving insects and vermin
  • High exposure to waterborne diseases, illnesses, and viruses
Indoor flooding Mold and mildew growth High exposure to waterborne diseases, illnesses, and viruses

In this situation, the best solution is to call professional plumbers for help. They have the experience, skill, and the necessary equipment to stop the water from gushing and repair the pipes. They can also help you continue thawing your plumbing system through various winterization methods. Plus, they’ll take care of the clean up so you don’t have to waste any of your personal time or energy.

Thawing your pipes properly isn’t the easiest thing in the world but it isn’t 100% impossible. You can also count on your local plumbers to help you if things go south.

With that said, you can always contact TriState Home Services if you experience a burst pipe or want to have your plumbing system professionally winterized. Just give us a call at 844-202-2126 and our friendly operators will be ready to assist you. We help properties in Frederick, Gaithersburg, and Rockville, Maryland.