Frozen Pipe FAQs

What are frozen pipes?

Frozen pipes are pipes that have frozen solid due to cold temperatures, causing water to stop flowing through them.

What causes pipes to freeze?

Pipes usually freeze when the temperature drops below freezing, causing the water inside to expand and freeze the pipe’s walls. This expansion can eventually lead to the pipe bursting.

How can I prevent my pipes from freezing?

To prevent pipes from freezing, make sure to keep the temperature in your home above freezing, especially in areas where pipes are located, and insulate any exposed pipes. You can also keep a small stream of water flowing through your faucets to prevent the water from freezing inside the pipes.

What should I do if my pipes freeze?

If your pipes freeze, turn off the water supply to prevent any further damage and then use a hairdryer, heat lamp, or hot towel to thaw the pipe. Do not use a torch or open flame as this can lead to a fire.

What should I do if my pipes burst?

If your pipes burst, turn off the water supply immediately and call a professional plumber to fix the issue. Do not use any electrical appliances or touch any wet areas, as this can be dangerous.