It?s January, and freezing temperatures are a reality for many across the U.S. This is the time of year for hot chocolate, sledding?and frozen pipes. Don?t let this cold weather situation ruin your winter fun; follow these tips for preventing, diagnosing, and thawing frozen pipes.
It is important to prevent your pipes from freezing. Water expands when it freezes, putting tremendous pressure on your pipes. This could result in bulging or even rupturing of pipes. The American Red Cross provides suggestions for preventing this during cold weather:
Additionally, prevent a large property payment by calling your insurance agent for proper coverage.
You?ve taken action against your pipes freezing, but how do you know when your pipes actually freeze?
If you determine that your pipes are frozen, act quickly but safely. The American Red Cross advises using the following method:
If you cannot locate the frozen pipe or it is not accessible, call a licensed plumber for assistance.
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