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It is COLD here in Cedar City and with the cold brings FROZEN PIPES! We here at Ally1 Disaster Solutions are called to help in quite a number of water damage cleanup projects each winter from burst & frozen pipes. And while we are always standing at the ready to help when disaster strikes, we’d like to offer some quick tips to help in the event that you or someone you know experiences the inconvenience of a frozen pipe.
Water that freezes during the winter in an unprotected pipe expands, and that expansion can rupture even the soundest of pipes.
A frozen pipe is always an inconvenience, but it can actually result in a much more serious problem than just a temporary loss of water.
Here’s what to do if you wake up some frigid winter morning to find a water pipe frozen solid:
Step 1: Open faucet so that the steam produced by your thawing frozen pipes activities will be able to escape out of the pipes.
Step 2: Start thawing frozen pipes (see pipe-thawing options below) at the faucet and work back toward the other end of the frozen section. As the ice melts, water and steam will come out the open faucet. If you start in the middle of the freeze, steam produced by melting ice could get trapped and build up enough pressure to burst the pipe. This obviously is not good…
Thawing Frozen Pipes options: There are several things you can do to thaw your home’s pipes. Here’s a list:
To thaw a frozen drainpipe, remove trap, and insert length of garden hose into pipe. When you can’t push hose any farther, it has probably reached the ice. Raise your end of the hose and feed hot water in through a funnel. This way, the hot water is sure to get to the problem area. You must be careful when using this technique.
Until the ice melts and drains down the pipe, the hot water you pour in will back up toward you. Have a bucket ready to catch the overflow, and be careful not to scald yourself.
Ally1 has been offering disaster cleanup and restoration services for 20 years. We use specialized equipment unique to Southern Utah and our company. Our staff is well trained and certified. Our company works with all insurance companies. We guarantee a job well done, from cleanup to satisfaction.