How to Deal with Frozen Pipes
Winter comes with a whole set of concerns, one of which is frozen pipes, where the damages can range from tiny leaks to completely burst pipes. Of course, prevention and protection is the most effective method of dealing with frozen pipes, but this isn’t always possible.
Our blog highlights the tell-tale signs of frozen pipes, DIY thawing methods and prevention methods. Read our tips below!
How to tell if pipes are frozen
Firstly, how are you going to tell if pipes are frozen? Well, for pipes to freeze in the first place, it has to stay below -6° Celsius. The pipes most at risk are those that are uninsulated and that are located in cold areas, such as attics and garages. As well as this, metal pipes are more likely to freeze than PVC pipes, and also thaw more slowly.
There are some tell-tale signs to frozen pipes, including a trickle from your kitchen tap. At a glance, your pipes could also be bulging, covered in condensation or have small cracks. If your pipes are frozen, the most important task is to prevent the frozen water from expanding inside the pipes. If this happens, the results could be extremely damaging and expensive.
My pipes are frozen… What now?
Pipes do thaw on their own but this can take a few days, especially if the temperature remains cold. Leaving them to thaw involves other risks, such as a build-up of pressure resulting in bursting if the weather doesn’t improve.
You can try to thaw the pipes yourself, with the following DIY methods: