PlumbingThawing And Prevention Of Frozen Pipes

February 21, 2020by leakypipes

The homeowners typically love mild winters, but we advise you to take the necessary precautions to avoid freezing pipes. The pipes expand when the water freezes. In the unfortunate situations, your pipes may freeze, you’ll likely experience a complete break or irreparable damage to the water system in your home.


The most frequently freezing pipes are those exposed to intense colds, such as outdoor faucets, pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply lines in unheated areas such as uninsulated outdoor walls, attics or garages. Water pipes are often at risk in old homes since the pipes under kitchen cabinets run through the house’s exterior walls.

Precaution Steps

Stop freezing water before setting the cold weather by cleaning, drying, and storing the outdoor hoses. Hold the outer valve open so the remaining water in the hose will expand without splitting. 

Consider installing insulated pipe sleeves, which are readily available in local stores, to isolate exposed water pipes when the weather is expected to fall below the freezing point. The sleeves are cheap, definitely much less than those for frozen pipes.

Leave the garage door closed during the cold weeks if the water supply lines reach the building. If the outside temperatures fall or remain low for a prolonged period of time, let the cold tap water run through the exposed pipes and hold the cabinet doors open so that hot air can enter the pipes in your home.  A constant stream of water keeps the pipes freezing. Leave the thermostat at a temperature of no less than 55 degrees, if you leave your home in cold weather.

Do not put antifreeze on plumbing fixtures in households. Antifreeze is harmful to the environment, humans, animals, and vegetation.

How To Find Frozen Pipes, And Thaw Them

When you open a tap and nothing comes out, you suspect a frozen hose is there. We encourage you to call your friends at Resolved Plumbing for an assessment of the situation at this stage. In certain situations, the practice of heating pipes and melting ice can be hazardous. If the pipes are damaged or broken, then we can repair them too!

If you are trying to defrost the pipes yourself, be careful and take the steps below.

  • Keep the tap open.
  • Wrap the damaged tubing in warm water with towels. You can also start using a hairdryer or an electric pad. We are also cautious against using anything that demands electricity as a measure of security. Do not wear a blowtorch.
  • Apply heat until the water pressure has fully recovered. Check inside your home for additional frozen pipes.

If you are unable to reach the freeze, contact Resolved Plumbing for a patch.

Prevention For The Future
  • If the problem persists consider moving frozen pipes.
  • Check the weather periodically to track the temperature drops.