The oncoming season brings about a new set of pipe troubles, including them bursting or being damaged by frost. When you turn on the tap and there’s a trickle, then it’s usually a sign of a frozen pipe. When this happens, it’s important that you know what to do in order to minimize any damage to your property.
Here are some tips on how you can thaw your pipes in Massachusetts during winter season:
Safety Is A Priority
While the general idea is to bring your pipes up to room temperature, you should never resort to using open-flame devices such as a propane heater, charcoal stove, kerosene, or a blowtorch. Open flames can heavily damage your pipes and can thaw your pipes too quickly. When pipes are thawed too quickly, the released pressure can be too much for them to handle. As a result, your pipes may burst from the high pressure that is trying to escape.
Steps To Properly Thaw Frozen Pipes
The first step to thawing your pipes is to locate any areas that have been damaged. The most common places to look will be the exterior walls, the basement, crawlspaces, and unheated parts of your property
Turn the faucet to allow a small trickle of water. When you treat the pipe the frozen water will soon need a place to exit. Opening your faucet will also allow pressure to escape your plumbing system.
Call a Professional
Frozen pipes are a moment away from causing a plumbing emergency. If you notice that your pipes aren’t flowing at all, then call a professional right away. If your lines are frozen, then the sudden release in pressure when the water thaws may be too much for your pipes to handle and they could burst. Simply make sure to turn off your water main and contact us immediately. By turning off your water main, you will minimize any water damage that may occur to your property. If you have any questions or concerns, call the experts at New England Pipe as soon as possible.
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