YOUR PIPE IS FROZEN, NOW WHAT?

You thought you had everything covered. You insulated pipes. You left the faucet dripping. But somehow Mother Nature still managed to freeze your pipes. You need to do something quick, especially before a pipe bursts. Your friends at Dauenhauer can walk you through the steps to get everything back to normal.

What’s the big deal?

Slow water flow may not seem like a big deal at first, but the main concern with frozen pipes is the potential for them to burst.  A quick science refresher: when water freezes, it expands. This can create a lot of pressure on your plumbing which, after time, could result in a small leak or crack. And we all know what ends up happening next – a flooded house.

Where’s that frozen pipe?

The first thing you need to do is figure out where the freeze is. Start by turning on your faucets and flushing your toilets. If anything isn’t working, then you’ve just found the freeze. Another telltale sign is if there is frost covering your pipe, but keep in mind that not all frozen pipes are where you can see them.

Before the thaw

Remember that the ice in your pipe might be the only thing preventing a river running through your basement. So, before you start thawing, make sure you turn off the water supply first. After you get the ice thawed, be ready to jump once you turn on the water -- you’ll find out really quick if you have any new cracks.

There’s a crack

Now it’s time to call Dauenhauer. If you haven’t already, turn off your home’s water supply and try to remove as much water as possible -- this will help prevent any mold or mildew from growing. If you have a dehumidifier, this is a great time to use it. And as always, if you have any more questions about frozen pipes, call your Lexington Dauenhauer, any hour.