It’s that time of the year: frozen pipes season. The winter months are harsh, but they’re even harsher on your plumbing system. Even the most experienced property owners deal with frozen pipes, especially during deep freezes.
If you’re reading this, you’re here for one of two reasons: you’re either prepping your pipes for winter or your pipes have already frozen. If it’s the latter, then keep reading for tips on how to thaw them out.
What Causes Water Pipes to Freeze?
When water freezes, it expands; and when water freezes in your pipes, it expands until the pipe bursts. Nothing else causes pipes to freeze other than freezing temperatures, so don’t feel bad if your pipes fall susceptible to freezing. It happens to the best of us.
How Long Does It Take for Water Pipes to Freeze?
It takes anywhere from six to eight hours for your pipes to freeze. Of course, this also depends on the outside temperature, the age of your pipes, and other factors around your property. Pipes typically freeze overnight when the temperature is at its lowest.
3 Common Signs of Frozen Water Pipes
1. Your Water Isn’t Running
If you flip a faucet handle and nothing happens, there’s a big chance your pipes may have frozen or burst. Frozen pipes don’t always result in a burst, but you should call a professional restoration company to err on the safe side.
2. You Notice Flooding or Standing Water
Standing or flooding water is a pretty easy way of detecting a burst pipe. If you’re experiencing a flood due to a pipe burst, call the team at Cleanup & Total Restoration for emergency water damage services. Don’t wait too long; otherwise, the risk of mold increases.
3. You See Discoloration or Water Stains
Discoloration on your ceiling or walls doesn’t always mean a pipe burst, but it’s a common indication. Growing water stains shouldn’t be taken lightly, so reach out to a restoration technician, and let’s get to the bottom of things.
Should I Turn off the Water if My Pipes Are Frozen?
Yes, you should immediately turn off the water if you suspect frozen pipes. Shutting off the water helps prevent your pipes from bursting. We also recommend you check with a neighbor to find out if they’re experiencing similar issues. If your neighbors have running water, but you don’t, there’s a big probability your pipes are frozen.
Will Frozen Pipes Always Burst?
Not always. There are a few steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing, such as opening your cabinets, maintaining a steady indoor temperature, and regularly running your water. If you’re going away for a few days, don’t turn off your heating system. The heat will help prevent your pipes from freezing.
How Can I Thaw Frozen Pipes?
If your pipes froze, it’s not the end of the world. You can thaw your pipes by wrapping them with hot towels, opening your cabinets, and warming them up with a portable heater.
Now, if your pipes have already burst, then the above tips won’t help. Call CTR for immediate water damage services. We’ll help repair your plumbing system and extract all water, leaving no chance of mold growth.
Do Frozen Pipes Thaw On Their Own?
Pipes may thaw on their own, but this is a risk. Choosing to let pipes thaw on their own may backfire, causing more pressure between the pipe and faucets. This pressure may eventually lead to a pipe burst, costing more in damages and repairs.
When Your Pipe Bursts, CTR Is There
For nearly 30 years, Cleanup & Total Restoration has been reversing the damages caused by frozen and burst pipes. Whether you’re a residential or commercial property owner, you can depend on CTR to show up when you need us most. Call for emergency pipe burst services in Southern Idaho; we’ll be on your property in 60 minutes or less.