What to Do When Your Pipes Are Frozen

A common problem we encounter during winter and the colder months, is frozen pipes. Not only is this a huge inconvenience, but it can also lead to pretty severe and risky consequences if not repaired quickly. For example, when your pipes are frozen it means water can’t travel through, causing a huge build up of pressure which could ultimately cause it to burst or leak. Therefore, knowing what precautions to take and how to deal with frozen pipes can really help to ensure that you’re not left with any serious damage like this. 

As frozen pipes are quite common when temperatures drop, we thought we would give you a few tips on what to do if this is something that you encounter.


Temporarily turn off your water

Frozen pipes become most problematic when there is too much water trying to flow through them, and the only way to stop this is by turning off your water supply. If you continue to allow water to build up and create pressure through your frozen pipes, this can have dangerous and costly consequences. For example, your pipes may start to leak which can be dangerous, or they could even burst from the pressure. This is both very dangerous and very expensive to deal with, so we advise turning off the water to lessen the risk of it happening. 


Try to unfreeze the pipes yourself

When it comes to frozen pipes, there is only so much you can do to help. However, certain actions may help to try and unfreeze the pipes. This includes things like trying to keep the room warm with electric and fan heaters. If the room gets warm enough, this could help to give some heat to the pipes so that they will start to unfreeze. Furthermore, you could also try things like blowing a hairdryer on the frozen pipes. As long as you do this carefully and don’t let the pipes get too hot, it can help to get things moving and unfreeze the system.


Improvise to stay warm

Frozen pipes means no central heating, and this is not what you want during winter. For your pipes to become frozen, the temperature has to be very low, therefore being without your heating in this sort of weather is less than ideal. We recommend that if you experience problems with frozen pipes, you wrap up in extra layers to keep warm, fill up hot water bottles, use portable heaters and blankets. Until the pipes unfreeze, it can get extremely cold inside your house.


Call a professional

If you have been patient and tried to make your own efforts to unfreeze your pipes but it isn’t working, you should call a professional plumber. They will be able to give you advice and come out and get the problem fixed for you. We would always recommend calling a professional as it ensures that everything is done safely and properly and that your home is in good hands. Furthermore, if you notice a leak or if your pipe does actually burst, you must call a professional immediately as this can be dangerous and cause a threat to your property. 

For more information and advice simply get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.