Pipes Thawing Cause Plumbing Issues
When pipes thaw, plumbing issues can be created. See our article of preventing frozen pipes if you need some tips. This article is focused on what happens when pipes do freeze and then thaw. The Dallas area has seen sleet and freezing rain over the last day. Along with that we’ve seen below freezing temperatures in most of the Dallas area, including Garland, Plano, Mesquite and Rockwall.
When pipes freeze, they expand and when they thaw they contract. In some cases plumbing problems arise when the pipes thaw. If the pipes are already broken, and the water is frozen, you may not be aware of the pipe break yet.
On occasion the thawing process actually causes damage to the pipes and causes a water leak.
In either situation it is important that you know where you water shut off valve is located. This will allow you to shut the water off to the home and prevent any further water damage.
How do you know if you have a frozen pipe?
A sign of a frozen pipe comes from the faucet. If you turn on a faucet and only get a trickle of water, your pipe is likely frozen.
One of the most common locations for frozen pipes are exterior walls.
If you can reach or see the section of frozen pipe, you can apply a heating pad, a hair dryer or a portable heater.
For tips on preventing frozen pipes, read our previous article.