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!