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Frozen Pipes Repair & Thawing

About frozen pipes

Not all frozen pipes burst, but when one does, it’s because water expands when it freezes, adding considerable pressure on unyielding plumbing pipes. That pressure can cause a tiny leak at a joint or crack on a length of pipe, unleashing the full flow of water inside your home.


If you are currently experiencing flooding from a frozen pipe that has burst, call us immediately to mitigate your losses from flood damage. If you have access to your main water valve turn it off to prevent further damage.


How to identify frozen pipes

A water line coated in frost (or bulging) is a good sign that it’s frozen. Since not all plumbing pipes are visible you can also identify frozen pipes if your faucets won’t flow and your toilets won’t refill following a flush.


How to thaw a frozen pipe

Before doing anything, shut off the water supply to that section of plumbing (or the entire house if that’s the only option) because the real trouble begins after the thaw. That’s because the frozen water may be acting as a plug, preventing water from spilling out of the cracks in your pipes. When that plug is thawed, water gushes out. It’s a good idea to be ready with a mop, bucket, and towels in case there’s a plumbing leak.


Use a space heater, heat lamp, or hair dryer to thaw the frozen length of pipe. Don’t thaw pipes using a propane torch, which presents a fire risk.


What to do if a pipe bursts

If you walk in to discover flooding in your basement, the first thing you should do is shut off the main water supply to minimize flooding. Next, give us a call.


Immediately remove as much water as possible using mops, sponges, towels, and a wet/dry vacuum. To minimize mold, mildew, and other moisture-related problems, run a dehumidifier in the space until it’s very dry.


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