The extreme cold combined with wind chill creates a substantial risk for frozen or burst pipes. If the water inside your plumbing freezes, it will cause low water flow or no water flow at all. After the pipe becomes frozen, the ice that is created inside the pipe will expand and cause pressure points in the plumbing pipes. These pressure points will cause the pipe to rupture, or burst, and create a leak. The leak created by the burst pipe may not be evident until the pipes are thawed and the water flowing. Even a tiny crack can unleash more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results can cause property damage, high repair costs and other safety risks.
If You Have Frozen Pipes
• Shut off the water main leading into the structure to reduce pressure on frozen pipes and minimize flooding if the pipes burst. If you have a well pump, make sure you also turn off the breaker for the well.
• Use a hair dryer to thaw the ice blockage if the frozen pipe is exposed and visible. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipes are not visible, contact Service Stars to use pipe-thawing equipment.
• If you currently notice slower water flow and expect frozen pipes, you should call a plumber immediately. Typically, issues like this can be resolved before any damage occurs.