20 Dec 4 things to do and 1 thing to NEVER do if your pipes freeze
Has your mom called you yet? “Don’t forget to drip your faucets!” she’ll say. Well, Mom is right. It’s getting cold in Tulsa this week, and when temperatures drop below freezing for very long, there is always the danger of freezing and broken pipes, so listen to your Mother!
At Emergency Storm Restoration (ESR) Tulsa, Oklahoma, we help lots of people this time of year who’ve become victims of broken water pipes. To help you prevent or deal with this problem, here are some tips for keeping them from freezing, and some tips for what to do (and what NOT to do,) if your pipes do freeze.
First, some tips for prevention. Though broken pipes cannot always be prevented, three primary things can help you prevent ice from building up inside your water pipes. Foam, Dome, and Drip.
Make sure the water pipes coming into your home are properly insulated. A layer of foam can keep the water inside your pipes from dropping below freezing even when it’s very cold outside.
Pick up a Styrofoam dome for each of your outside faucets and install them according to the instructions included before the weather gets cold. Otherwise, those faucets and the pipes connected to them are completely exposed to the elements.
Drip your faucets when the weather gets cold—just like Mom said.
Sometimes, however, even if we prepare, pipes do freeze. You wake up in the morning, turn on the faucet, and…nothing. So what do you do?
Call a professional.
If your pipes are frozen, there is a chance your pipes are compromised even if you do not see water, so you need to have a thorough inspection. At Emergency Storm Restoration in Tulsa, we are your 24-7 #disasterhero, so call us at 918-844-HELP (4357).
Leave the water on.
In fact, you should go around your home and open all your indoor faucets slightly. If the ice in the pipes begins to melt as temperatures rise, you want that water to have somewhere to go, and the moving water will help continue the melting process.
Apply heat to the frozen area.
If you can locate the frozen pipe, use a hairdryer to apply heat directly to the area.
Heat up the air around the pipes.
Open the cabinets and aim space heaters at the area under the sink. This will keep the air around the pipes warm and speed thawing.
Now that you know what to do, here’s what NOT to do!
NEVER use a blowtorch, propane heater, or other open flame device to heat pipes! The danger to your home and your family caused by these methods is much worse than frozen pipes, so be safe!
If you have trouble with frozen or broken pipes this winter, call Emergency Storm Restoration (ESR), your 24/7 #disasterhero! Day or night, weekday or weekend, we are available to answer your call at 918-844-HELP!