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Frozen Pipes

Winter drafts can wreak havoc on your pipes if they're exposed.

Preventing Frozen Pipes: What to Do

  • Run a small stream of cold water from your faucet. The water flow in your pipes prevents freezing.
  • Open under-sink cabinet doors to keep air circulating around piping.
  • Seal any windows, doors or cracks that may cause cold air to penetrate into your home.
  • Insulate outside and exposed pipes with insulation.
  • Before the first freeze of the season drain out your hose or sprinkler system.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

If there is no water in your fixtures at all, you most likely have frozen or burst pipes. If you know that you have a frozen pipe, try these tricks to help thaw them out.

  • Turn off the main water valve to the house and open a faucet to allow thawed water to flow. Open the lowest hot and cold taps in your home.
  • Wrap towels soaked in warm water around the pipes or purchase electric pipe warmers. You can soak towels with snow collected and heated on the stove or microwave. You can also drain water from your hot water tank. If you do this and your tank is electric make sure to turn the tank off at the electric panel to prevent the elements from burning out.
  • DO NOT use any open flame or electric heater directly to the piping as this could cause electrocution or present a fire hazard.

Call Cardinal Plumbing at (705) 230-3037 or fill out our online form to find out how you can prevent your pipes from freezing.

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