How to Identify & Repair Frozen Pipes
Winter can be a difficult time for homeowners. One common issue is frozen pipes which can cause headaches and expensive repairs. Fortunately, there are ways to identify and repair frozen pipes before they become too problematic. Let’s dive into how to identify and repair frozen pipes in your home.
Identifying Frozen Pipes
The first step in identifying and repairing frozen pipes is to know what to look for. Frozen pipes often appear swollen or distorted when compared to non-frozen pipes. Another sign of frozen pipes is low or no water flow to appliances or faucets; this indicates that the pipe leading from the source to the faucet has likely been affected by freezing temperatures. If you are unsure whether your pipes are frozen, contact a professional plumber who can assess the situation quickly and accurately.
Repairing Frozen Pipes
Once you have identified that your pipes are frozen, it’s time to take action and repair them before they burst. One way to do this is by using a hair dryer directly on the affected area; ensure it is set at the lowest temperature setting so as not to damage insulation or other materials surrounding the pipe.
You should also open all faucets connected to the pipe so that once it begins to thaw, the water can flow freely without causing further damage. If this does not work, you should contact an experienced plumber immediately, as they will have access to specialized tools that can help thaw even the toughest blocks of ice in no time!
Insulating Your Pipes
After repairing currently frozen pipes, it is important to take preventative steps against them freezing again. One way to do this is by insulating all exposed piping in the home with foam insulation sleeves which are available at most hardware stores. This will help keep your piping warm even during cold weather spells and prevent pipes from freezing.
Following these simple tips can help you quickly identify current and potential problem spots in your plumbing system. Winter can be harsh here in Pennsylvania, but forewarned is forearmed! If you need help winterizing or troubleshooting, call Diliberto Plumbing at 610-631-6900 today!