Bundle up, Twin Cities! We’re smack dab in the middle of an arctic
freeze. With temperatures barely making it out of the single digits it
seems like just about everything is frozen and your plumbing pipes are
no exception. Since frozen pipes can be such a disaster for you as well
as your home, find out how to deal with them so you can prevent a major
headache before it happens.
How Do You Know If Your Pipes Are Frozen?
This is a question we receive quite frequently, especially when temperatures
drop down into the single digits. The most common way to tell if your
pipes are no longer flowing is if you turn on a faucet or bathroom fixture only
to find that no water is coming out of the tap.
If only certain fixtures seem to be out of commission, chances are the
frozen pipe is located nearby. But if none of the fixtures in your home
are spewing out any water, the freeze could be somewhere in the main line.
What To Do If You Find A Frozen Pipe
If you find yourself in this predicament, it’s important to turn
off your main water supply valve before attempting to fix the problem.
Then, you can use a hair dryer to defrost the water inside the pipe. Simply
put the dryer on a medium heat setting and blow warm air over the pipe.
Be careful not to apply too much heat as it could compromise the integrity
of the pipe.
If you find frozen pipes inside your Twin Cities – St. Paul home, we recommend
calling in a professional plumber right away. Trust us when we tell you
this situation could turn sour in an instant and you’ll want to
make sure it doesn’t happen again in the future.
That’s where we come in! Give the plumbing experts at
Uptown a call right away at (612) 324-1004. We’ve been serving the area
for over 100 years so you know you can count on us!