Preventing Frozen Pipes And What To Do If It Happens to You

Water expands as it freezes and puts incredible pressure on whatever is containing it. No matter the material, metal or plastic, freezing water will cause the container to burst, causing extremely dangerous conditions for homeowners and their pipes. Should you experience a frozen pipe, here are some things to try.


There are steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing. Let the cold water drip from the faucet. Running water through the pipe, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing. Keep your heat on in your home set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.


If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes are against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.