Thawing a Frozen Pipe
Water expands when it freezes and can put incredible pressure on a surrounding pipe. No matter how strong the metal or plastic is, the frozen water can cause the pipe to crack, tear, or break, and then ultimately cause flooding. Preventing ice-covered pipes may be the best possible solution to water damage prevention, but since it is impossible to control Mother Nature’s blistery cold spells, other measures can be taken to prevent water damage once a frozen pipe is found. Here are some ideas on how to deal with icy pipes.
• Turn a faucet on and leave it running. As the water thaws, the speed of the running water can aid in melting built-up ice in pipes.
• Run water in all faucets in the building to see if any hidden pipes may be frozen.
• After finding a frozen area of the pipe, use a hairdryer, heating pad, or space heater to warm the pipe and surrounding area.