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How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Posted December 01, 2015
With temperatures remaining so frigid frozen pipes have become a reality for many this winter.

This week we were able to help one of our clients with extracting the water and cleaning up what can be a disaster.

Go Green is always happy to help when we can. We would like to share some tips on how to prevent frozen pipes and steps to take if it occurs.

To Prevent Frozen Pipes:

  • Wrap electrical heating tape on exterior pipes. Remove garden hoses from faucets.
  • Cover pipes with foam rubber or fiberglass insulation and secure it with tape.
  • Let cold and hot water faucets drip. Running water helps prevent freezing pipes and reduces pressure build up in them.
  • Inside the home, open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to promote warm air circulation around plumbing.
  • Leave the thermostat at the same temperature both day and night, at least 55°F.

To Thaw Frozen Pipes:

  • Locate the problem pipe, if possible, and open a faucet. As the pipe thaws, running water aids the melting process.
  • Apply heat to the frozen section using a hand?held hair dryer or portable electric space heater. Do not use a blow torch as it could cause the pipe to explode. Do not use a propane or kerosene heater as these are hazardous for indoor use.
  • If you are unable to locate or access the frozen pipe area, call a licensed plumber.

If all else fails and you experience a burst pipe that results in water damage, shut off the main water valve and contact a professional with trained technicians and extraction, drying and dehumidifying equipment. We would be happy to advise you of your options in this situation and help in any way that we can.