Frozen pipes in your property can be a common issue in the winter months, bringing freezing and icy cold conditions. This can mean frozen pipes in your property if it isn’t prevented and if not found and treated, it can leave you with no water and cause the pipes to burst.
Here is our advice on preventing your pipes from freezing, as well as finding and fixing them if they do freeze.
Some signs that you might have frozen pipes are:
Checking and forming regular habits in the winter can be the difference between frozen pipes and no frozen pipes.
Water UK have shared their tips to prevent pipes from freezing:
While you should always call a professional to assess the situation and fix the issue, there are ways to fix your frozen pipes yourself and then call a professional.
Curing frozen pipes is done by simply thawing the affected areas.
Firstly, it is best to thaw pipes slowly to protect the pipes from damage, causing further issues.
The most effective way of thawing is by using heat. This shouldn’t be confused with using devices that can be extremely hot and dangerous. This includes, blowtorches or kerosene heaters. These can be a fire hazard and cause major damage to the pipes.
Instead, use electric heat pads to wrap around the pipes, using a hairdryer on a low heat or by using hot towels. However, these still need to be regularly monitored so that it is not causing any damage.
Leaving faucets open helps with the process of thawing. This is because water needs to be running through the pipes to help it thaw quicker. For pipes under the sink, the cabinet door should be left open to allow warm air to circulate.
If you suspect that the frozen pipe is somewhere that you cannot reach immediately, don’t attempt anything yourself. Call a professional such as CPL t/a Rainbow International on 0800 030 4360 to investigate the situation and advise on the best action to take.
We can help to find the leak using state-of-the-art technology, clean-up any water damage & fix the burst pipe. We also offer a range of building drying solutions to get your property back to pre-incident condition.