How to Prevent Frozen Pipes

To prevent frozen pipes in your home, you can take the following steps:

  1. Insulate pipes in unheated areas like the garage or attic.
  2. Seal any air leaks around pipes to prevent cold air from reaching them.
  3. Keep your home temperature above freezing, even when you are away.
  4. Open cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around pipes under sinks.
  5. Disconnect garden hoses and drain outdoor faucets.
  6. Use heating tape on pipes susceptible to freezing.
  7. Consider installing a smart home device that can monitor your home’s temperature and alert you to potential issues.

If a pipe in your home has frozen, you should take the following steps:

  1. Turn off the main water supply to prevent water damage.
  2. Open the faucet at the end of the frozen pipe to release pressure and allow the ice to melt.
  3. Use a hair dryer, heat lamp, or portable heater to thaw the frozen pipe, starting from the end nearest the faucet.
  4. Never use an open flame to thaw a frozen pipe as it can cause a fire.
  5. Once the ice has melted, turn the main water supply back on and check for leaks.
  6. If you are unable to thaw the pipe or if the pipe has already burst, turn off the main water supply and call a plumber for repairs.

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