Just about everyone has experienced it: you turn the faucet, valve and only a tiny drop of water, or nothing at all, comes out. If the weather is frigid or has been cold for a while, your pipes are almost certainly frozen.
You can prevent the problem of having frozen water pipes in Utah by following these ideas:
- Know the location of most of your water supply lines so you can do something about their insulation.
- If there are supply lines in the garage, keep the garage door closed and let warm air circulate inside.
- Open the cabinets under your kitchen sink to allow warm air to flow and prevent freezing in the pipes.
- During icy weather, let an outdoor faucet drip a little trickle of hot water to keep the water from freezing in the pipes.
- For such weather, keep the temperature in your home the same all day and all night, instead of switching to a low temperature at night. It’s more expensive to fix a broken plumbing system due to freezing.
- Don’t leave your home without at least 55°F heat.
- Wherever possible, apply insulation around water supply lines. You may also consider moving pipes that are too exposed. Ask a professional plumber to do it for you.
If you do have the problem already, here’s how you can thaw your pipes.
- Open a faucet.
- Apply heat to the frozen area, but never use an open flame. Use a hair dryer or an electric heating pad. If you have none of the two, soak a few towels in hot water and wrap the towels around the pipe.
- Keep applying heat to the area until the water pressure returns to normal.
- To make sure all the pipes are ice-free, try all the faucets in your home.
- If you’re not confident doing this on your own, or if your efforts don’t succeed, don’t try any unorthodox DIY solutions. Call a professional and have them deal with your frozen pipes. It’s a lot more reasonable than paying thousands to fix something you broke while trying to unfreeze the pipes.
Water expands as it freezes, so whatever material your pipes have are wont to break eventually in frigid weather. Talk to a plumber to find better and lasting solutions to your frozen pipe problems.