How to tell if your pipe is frozen.

We’ve hit that time of year. As the temperature outside continues to drop, it’s time to start thinking about your indoor plumbing and keeping your pipes from freezing. For example, water pipes located along the exterior walls of a home, as well as pipes located in the attic and basement, are particularly vulnerable to freezing.

Signs of frozen pipes
Having trouble figuring out if a pipe is frozen or not? No problem. We can share a few clues to help you figure it out.

There Is Frost on the Pipe
For pipes that can actively be seen, such as those under sinks, you may be able to see frost that has accumulated on the exterior of the pipe. This can serve as a warning sign that the pipe is frozen before you ever try to turn on the faucet.

No Water Is Coming Out of the Faucet
Another potential sign of a frozen pipe is what you don’t actually see - running water. If you turn on a kitchen or bathroom faucet and only a slight trickle of water or no water at all comes out, the water pipe leading to the faucet may be frozen.

Strange Smells
A frozen pipe will also lead to an odd smell coming from a faucet or drain. If the pipe is partially or completely blocked, the only way the odor can escape is back up in the direction of your property.

If you discover your pipes are frozen, but none have ruptured, you have a couple of options:

• Call Dauenhauer to help thaw your frozen pipes. Or,

• Attempt to thaw the frozen pipes yourself. Be aware, this option can potentially lead to a burst pipe if not done correctly.

If you have any other questions about frozen pipes, call your local Lexington Dauenhauer, any hour.