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Frozen Pipes: Prevention & Maintenance

February 3, 2023

When the temperature begins to drop in the Winter, it’s important to do what you can to prevent frozen pipes. In this blog post, we’re going to share some tips on how to prevent frozen pipes AND help if your pipes do freeze in the cold weather. If you have any questions or are dealing with the issue of frozen pipes in your home, be sure to call Ross to the Rescue today!

The first important way to prevent frozen pipes is to drain and disconnect your garden hoses. You can even use faucet covers – easily found at home improvement stores – for extra protection!

Another great tip is to keep a consistent temperature throughout your home in both the day and the night. In extreme cold, it’s important to maintain a stable temperature – this might cost a little extra on your heat bill for the month, but it will be well worth the cost!

Let’s move into the biggest question – what do you do if your pipes DO freeze in the Winter?

The first thing you want to do if you think a pipe has frozen is turn on your faucet. If only a small amount of water comes through – this could just be an ice blockage. You’ll then inspect the pipes for any cracks or breaks. If you’re able to access the frozen pipe and it has not burst, you can gently apply heat to the section with a hairdryer, heating pad, or warm, damp towels. Turn on your faucet and allow water to come through as the ice melts.

If you find any have burst, turn off the main water supply immediately. That’s where our plumbing experts come in. We understand that dealing with a burst pipe is a time of absolute stress and frustration. Call Ross to the Rescue and our team will arrive quickly to help repair the problem quickly and correctly.

Stay safe this Winter and be sure to regularly maintain your home!