Limited Water: Lack of running water is one of the first signs of frozen pipes most people notice.
Bulging Pipes: When water freezes, water molecules expand, causing tremendous pressure that can make a pipe bulge noticeably.
Gurgling Sounds: If your pipes start “talking,” making banging or gurgling sounds, it can indicate you’ve got ice traveling through your pipes.
Condensation and Cracks: If you notice a pipe covered in a condensation layer or small surface cracks, it may be freezing.
Smelly Water: A sewage smell emanating from your faucets usually accompanies a freezing exterior sewer line.
If a pipe bursts in your home, it is important to take immediate action to minimize damage and prevent further issues. Here are some steps you can take:
There are a few steps homeowners can take.
Here’s how to stop pipes from freezing:
One of the most effective methods is to keep the temperature in the home above freezing, especially in areas where pipes are located, such as basements, attics, and crawl spaces. It is also a good idea to insulate any exposed pipes to keep them warm. If a cold snap is expected, it can be helpful to open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around pipes under sinks, and to let faucets drip to keep water moving through the pipes.
If a pipe does freeze, it is important to thaw it out as soon as possible to reduce the risk of it bursting. This can be done by applying heat to the affected area using a hair dryer, heating pad, or space heater. It is important to never use an open flame or propane torch to thaw pipes, as this can be dangerous and may cause a fire. If the pipe is inaccessible or the problem cannot be resolved, call Green Attic for assistance.
An ounce of prevention really can have a huge impact on keeping your pipes from freezing this winter. Help prevent frozen pipes by:
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