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Frozen Pipes

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Frozen Pipes A frozen pipe can be identified by frost on the outside of the pipe or the water pressure is lower than normal!

So, you have done everything you could to prevent frozen pipes, but your pipes still froze in this record-breaking weather. You do not have a burst pipe, yet. The frozen water could be preventing the water from flowing out or the ice has not expanded enough to crack the pipe. Here are a few tips to defrost them safely without a burst.

  1. Turn off the water that supplies that pipe or the water supply to the entire home.
  2. Call your local plumber if you have any questions. The plumber is a professional and knows how to properly defrost your pipes.
  3. If you are confident you can defrost them on your own you can use a hair dryer, space heater, or a heat lamp to slowly defrost the pipes.
  4. Wrap your pipes in temperature controlling tape. You can purchase this tape at a local hardware store.
  5. Do Not Use a propane torch or anything with an open flame. These pipes are typically hidden under cabinets. Using an open flame to defrost your pipes could be a huge fire risk.

If there is a burst, the first person to call is your plumber. Your second call should be to SERVPRO of Lombard/Addison at 630-543-1700. We are available for emergency services 24/7.

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