Preventing and Dealing with Frozen Pipes

Hair drying frozen pipe

Frozen water pipes can create costly problems in your North Fork home, ranging from simple flood damage to mold growth and more.

But most frozen pipe problems are preventable with a few simple precautions. Here are some tips to prevent problems with frozen pipes this winter.

Before a cold snap:

  • Insulate pipes in areas exposed to colder air (in your garage, crawl space, etc.).
  • Seal air leaks near pipes, around your dryer vents, and in other areas exposed to outside air.
  • Shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside faucets.

In winter:

  • Run a trickle of warm water overnight on especially cold nights.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks.

If you leave for vacation or have a seasonal home:

  • Keep your thermostat set for a minimum of 55°F.
  • Ask a neighbor to check your home during cold snaps.
  • Follow all directions for “before a cold snap” above.

If your pipes freeze:

  • Never operate an electrical appliance in standing water!
  • Never use an open flame to thaw pipes!
  • You may be able to thaw a frozen pipe with a hair dryer; start by warming the pipe close to the faucet, working toward the coldest section of pipe. If that doesn’t provide immediate and complete relief, call a plumber right away.

If your water pipes have burst:

  • Turn off water at the main shutoff valve in the house; teach everyone in your family where the water shutoff valve is and how to close it.
  • Contact a plumber immediately.

For service on frozen pipes and other expert emergency plumbing services in any season, trust the pros at Swezey. Contact us today to learn more.