Living in Indiana and Illinois, we deal with a lot of cold temperatures, and pipes can freeze even in the fall. If temperatures drop too low, even interior pipes can freeze. While you can help to prevent frozen pipes by letting faucets drips, keeping garage doors closed, and turning up the thermostat when you’re away, if pipes do freeze, it’s important that you act quickly – failing to spring into action can result in burst pipes and property damage. Here are three things to do if your pipes freeze:
- Focus on the Thaw
The first thing that you need to do is to focus on thawing out your pipes. This is a process that you want to undertake slowly; do NOT use any open flame device to try to thaw your pipes. Instead, use a hair dryer, space heater, or electric heating pad to warm up the pipes and help water melt. Thawing your pipes should be your top priority.
- Open a Faucet
You want to encourage water to flow–and it will once you start warming the pipes–and once it starts, it will need to go somewhere–which means that you’ll want to open a faucet and allow it to start dripping. As the pipes start to thaw, water will slowly start to flow. Keep applying heat to the pipes until water pressure is fully restored.
- Turn Up the Heat and Insulate
The most important thing after your pipes freeze and then thaw is to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. The best way to do this is to make sure that your HVAC system is working properly, to insulate your pipes, and to turn up the heat even when you’re not home when temperatures are expected to drop severely. Updating your HVAC system with a programmable thermostat is strongly recommended, too.
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Preventing pipes from freezing takes more than just closing doors and insulating pipes – you need to make sure that your HVAC system is working well, too. If the heat in your home isn’t consistent, you may run the risk of a frozen pipe issue (not to mention general discomfort and higher energy bills). For all of your HVAC system maintenance, repair, and replacement needs, please reach out to our heating and air conditioning professionals at Van Drunen Heating & Air Conditioning today at 708-339-6444. You can also schedule a repair by sending us a message.