Pipes Frozen? Now What?

Part 2:  So, They’ve Burst!

Pipes can freeze any time the temperatures drop below freezing and pipes are either not insulated well or exposed in areas such as outdoors or in places like crawl spaces.

As the pipes expand and contract from the changes in temperature, it can cause big issues from the water rushing through the weakened pipes that were previously frozen, pushing it to the closed faucet causing the burst to happen.

If you find yourself in the situation of actually having a frozen pipe burst, here are some tips to handling the situation:

Turn off the water—This may seem obvious, but when you’re in the middle of a burst pipe situation, it’s important to keep this top of mind. As you’re turning off the water, also turn off the electricity in the area where the pipe has burst for your own safety.

Call a professional—If you have a pipe burst, it really is time to call a plumber. A plumber is the best professional to determine how extensive the damage may be to your pipes and your plumbing as well as looking at the rest of your house to ensure no other pipes are frozen.  A good plumber will also help you prevent this from happening again.

Time to clean up—Now the clean up begins. It will be important to get any water from the burst pipes cleaned up if it happened inside your home to prevent mold and mildew and even further damage.

If you suspect that you might have some frozen pipes in your home or on the exterior of your home, give us a call and we can come and assess the situation. And, as always, feel free to give us a call if you have any questions!