When Frozen Pipes Happen, Call Mammoth Restoration & Reconstruction
Temperatures are dropping! It might be warm in your house, but are your water pipes warm enough? When the temperature gets low enough, even pipes that seem safe, insulated, and close to heat may freeze and burst. Frozen pipes can spill hundreds of gallons of water in your home, causing a lot of damage and a lot of hassle.
Stop Your Pipes From Freezing
- Check for pipes in uninsulated or unheated spaces. Wrap them with pipe insulation or heat tape to prevent them from freezing.
- Keep the heat on, even in rooms you’re not using.
- Drain your outdoor hoses and bring them inside for the winter.
Spotting A Frozen Pipe
- If no water is coming out of your faucets, suspect a frozen pipe.
- A trickle of water when the faucet is all the way on also indicates freezing.
Defrosting Frozen Plumbing
- Find the frozen area and open the nearest faucet.
- Start defrosting the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working your way back.
- A hair dryer or hot towels are your best options to thaw the pipe. Plug the hair dryer in and direct the hot air from it onto the frozen area of the pipe. For the hot towel method, start by wrapping a dry towel around the frozen area. Pour hot water over the towel repeatedly until the pipe is thawed.
- Continue thawing the pipe, moving away from the open faucet, until everything is thawed.
- Never use a propane torch. They’re dangerous unless used by experienced professionals – they can damage your pipes or even cause a fire.
Handling The Damage From A Burst Pipe
- When a pipe is frozen for too long, it bursts. But even if the pipe was frozen solid before it burst, the break usually occurs closer to the water supply as pressure builds up behind the frozen section – meaning that when it bursts, the water can flow through and soak your home.
- Call Mammoth at 855-859-5600 as soon as you notice a problem. We’re standing by for emergency service 24/7 and can be on-site quickly to get started. Damage from frozen pipes often hides behind the wall or under the floorboards, where only professional equipment can find it, fix it, and make sure it doesn’t become mold.
Keep warm in these cold temperatures, and keep an eye out for frozen or burst pipes!