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2 Mistakes To Avoid When You Suspect Your Home's Pipes Are Frozen

Joann Gardner

After looking at the forecast to see that the temperatures for the night were to drop well below freezing, you may have tried to take precautions to keep your pipes from freezing. However, because of the extremely frigid air, you may suspect that some of your unprotected pipes may have frozen overnight.

1.  Flushing the Toilet Before Testing Your Plumbing First

When you first wake up in the morning, more than likely, one of the first things that you need to do is to use the bathroom. While you should definitely see to your personal needs, you should refrain from flushing the toilet until you first find out whether or not your pipes are frozen.

When your pipes freeze, the ice inside of them expands and places a lot of excess pressure on them. If this pressure becomes too great, the pipes can crack or bust open completely. If you add to this the intense pressure and vacuum required to flush your toilet, the combination could result in damaged pipes and possible water leaks as the pipes start to thaw.

Before you flush the toilet, turn on the faucets in your home one by one. If any have decreased output or have no water flowing out of the faucets at all, do not flush your toilets until you have a plumber take a look at your pipes.

2.  Attempting to Thaw Frozen Pipes Yourself

If your pipes are completely or mostly frozen, you may decide to simply wait until they start to thaw. Then, to relieve the pressure, you may simply turn on all of the faucets and wait until the water starts flowing again. You may even wrap the pipes or place heaters near them to speed up the process.

However, if you do not thaw the pipes properly, you may cause them to burst. Even if you take every precaution, you may wind up with hidden broken pipes and water leakage that can cause a great amount of water damage by the time the problem areas are located. 

Even if you suspect that your home's pipes are only partially frozen, it is better to leave up the dethawing to the professionals to ensure that any damage is not made worse as well as preventing water damage in your home. As soon as you realize that the pipes have frozen, contact an emergency plumber to have them help you. 


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When was the last time you realized that you had a serious plumbing problem? About a month ago, I knew that I had to make some big changes, so I began talking with different plumbers about getting the job done. I told them that I wanted to replace the bathtub in the bathroom and the sink and faucet in the kitchen, and they took my requests in stride. Before I knew it, my entire home was updated and I felt great about the work. I wanted to start this blog to help other people to learn more about plumbing and repair.