Frozen Pipes: Everything you need to know
The winter months come with a number of problems, as well as property maintenance concerns to all homeowners and landlords. A major issue which we see year on year are frozen water pipes. While they may be a nuisance, frozen pipes can be incredibly dangerous too!
Why are frozen pipes dangerous?
If you’ve ever experienced frozen pipes in the past you most probably know that they’re not only an inconvenience, but also a threat to your property. Why you may ask?
Running water – Obviously, having a frozen pipe means that you/your household will be unable to access running water. Therefore, interfering with tasks such as taking a shower, doing the dishes, or washing your hands… which couldn’t be more important at the moment!
Burt pipes – The second, and arguably worse problem to occur from frozen pipes is the potential of having a burst pipe. Once the pipe/ice freezes this can generate a pressure to build up within the pipe, which could lead to the pipe exploding! If the pipe bursts outside this immediately creates slippery conditions and a hazard.
Protect yourself again frozen/burst pipes:
Burst pipes can lead to massive home floods and untold damage. This is why its important to take precautions to prevent frozen pipes where possible.
A good technique for this is to give your pipes a jacket of foam insulation. Available in most hardware stores (or online), simply cut and wrap the foam around the pipe – securing it in place with duct tape or gaffer tape.
Identifying a frozen pipe:
Frost on the pipe – In terms of pipes that are visible, you may be able to see frost that is building up on the outside of the pipe. If you notice this, take this as a sign that the pipe is frozen before trying to turn on the faucet.
No flow of water – A seemingly obvious sign of a frozen pipe is when you have a lack of running water. When you turn on your kitchen/bathroom faucet you would normally expect a good, strong flow of water, if you find yourself with a trickle, (or worse) no water then the pipe leading to the faucet may be frozen.
What to do if you discover a frozen pipe:
If you are aware that you have a frozen pipe then it’s key to thaw the pipe/get in touch with a licenced plumber (like ourselves 😉). Depending on your level of expertise, you may try to thaw the pipe yourself, but either way you must thaw the pipe as soon as possible to prevent the potential of a burst pipe, or damage to your property. The price of a replacement for a burst pipe can vary depending on the accessibility to the pipe and damage sustained. This is why we would recommend giving ourselves, or your local trusted local a call as soon as you discover frozen pipes.
If you do find yourself with a frozen, or burst pipe get in touch with our team today and we can have an engineer out with you as soon as possible! For any advice and guidance don’t hesitate to give us a call today on 0800 043 0458