How to Prevent and Thaw Frozen Pipes

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Brrr! The extreme weather that was predicted by the weather experts swooped in on Colorado earlier this week. The staff at All Dry Water Damage Experts hopes everyone here in Denver took the necessary preventative measures to prevent water and flood damage such as draining water from swimming pools, getting water sprinkler supply lines blown out, removing and storing all outdoor hoses, insulating pipes in unheated areas (i.e., basements, crawl spaces, garages, and attics), closing inside valves that supply outdoor hose bibs, and opening outside hose bibs allowing any remaining water to drain.

Unfortunately, with the speed at which this freeze hit Denver we know there will be some citizens that will be confronted with frozen pipes. The first sign that your pipes are frozen will be turning on a faucet and having reduced or zero flow of water. This will be more likely to happen in the areas where water service enters your home or where pipes are against exterior walls. It is very important to take the following steps to thaw frozen pipes immediately as burst pipes can lead to costly water damage and flooding to your home:

1. Turn on the faucet. As you follow the following steps and start treating the frozen pipe, the frozen area will begin to melt encouraging the water to flow. This will help to melt the ice inside the pipe.

2. Start application of heat to the pipe using a hair dryer, an electric heating pad or towels saturated in hot water wrapped around the pipe, or a space heater. It is best to start this process slowly and to start by working from the open faucet toward the frozen area or heating pipes adjacent to frozen pipes that extend into walls or floors. Never use a kerosene or propane heater, a blowtorch, or any other open flame device for this purpose.

3. Turn up the heat in the affected room.

4. Heat should be applied until full water pressure is restored. Allow the water to run out of the faucet for at least two minutes.

5. Examine the pipes for any water leaks that may be visible or for any hissing sounds that may indicate a water leak.

In situations where the frozen areas can not be located or accessed, or if the above steps do not result in thawing, a licensed plumber should be contacted for assistance. In the unfortunate event your frozen pipes have burst leading to water damage, call All Dry Water Damage Experts immediately. All Dry is an emergency restoration company in Denver, Colorado assisting home and commercial property owners with water, fire, smoke, and sewage damage. Call us any time, day or night, 365 days a year. We will be here to help you. Stay warm!

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