What To Do If You Discover Frozen or Burst Water Pipes.
The sinking feeling of discovering frozen pipes!
The feeling when you walk out of the cold into a warm house is priceless. The last thing you, or anyone, need is a burst pipe or even a frozen pipe to deal with, especially in the winter.
Frozen pipes occur more often in winter. A harsh drop in temperature causes the water passing through the pipes to freeze and expand, potentially leading to a burst pipe and flooding. A burst pipe, if left alone, can flood your home at a rate of 400 litres per hour.
At the first sign of any water damage, it is important to turn your water supply off to prevent any further damage. If reading this article has got you thinking Stopcock, where's that? Go check, incase of an emergency you will be prepared.
If you do discover frozen pipes in the home, here's a few tips to help.
Frozen Pipe Tip 1: The important thing to remember is that you do
not want to overheat anything, thaw anything gently.
Frozen Pipe Tip 2: Turn your mains water off, but keep you water tap on. Once the pipe is starting to melt, water will drip out. When this happens the mains water can be turned back on.
Frozen Pipe Tip 3: When thawing the frozen pipe, heat the pipe from
the TAP first toward the mains.
There are several ways to thaw a frozen pipe.
1. - Use a hairdryer to thaw the frozen area, but
careful to do this from a few centimeters away though.
2 - -Wrap a towel around the frozen area and pour hot
water onto the towel, use a bucket beneath also to avoid causing a mess when
pouring the water on.
3 - If your pipe is against a wall, place a
grease-proof paper sheet in between the pipe and the wall to ensure less heat is
placed on the wall and that this reflects the heat back onto the back of the
For our winter facts info sheet, click on the link below!