Frozen Pipes & Thawing Frozen Pipes

The winter weather brings several traditions and most likely it’s said to be one of the best times of the year. Building a snowman to making ornaments and cutting down the perfect Christmas tree to Jack Frost nipping at your nose but you want to ensure that doesn’t reflect in frozen pipes! Prepare ahead of time in case this happens to you this winter.

Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Open the sink cabinets to allow the warm air to circulate around your pipes.
    Turn on your faucet and allow a small trickle of water to keep water moving through your pipes.
  • Disconnect your hoses from the faucet to your home and cover with a hose cover which can be found at your local hardware store.
  • Drain your sprinkler system before the winter season as well as ensuring all hoses are disconnected from the outside faucet.
  • Weather stripping and proper seal should be used on basement doors, crawl spaces and windows.
  • Pipe insulation materials can be a valuable tip if you have external or exposed pipes.

Thawing Frozen Pipes – What should you do if you find your pipes frozen? 

Call Clint Plumbing offers these steps to carefully thaw frozen pipes:

  1. Turn off the water at the shut-off valve.
  2. Activate the faucet at the lowest point in the house. Aforementioned will allow water to drain out as the ice melts.
  3. Heat the surface of the pipe with a hairdryer. Continuously move the heat, so it does not stay in the same place.

Never attempt to thaw exposed frozen pipes with an open flame, such as an acetylene torch. This could generate a spark that could cause a fire, especially in enclosed areas.

Call Clint Plumbing has thawing machines that slowly defrost frozen pipe by sending a low voltage electric current through the pipe.

Our Hudson Valley plumbers are on call 24/7, and we don’t have overtime charges!