How to Fix a Frozen Water Pipe
Are you concerned about a frozen water pipe causing water damage to your property? If so, you are right to be concerned. The AA has reported a huge rise in the amount of property repair claims because of frozen water pipes bursting and leaking.
Tips to stop water damage from a frozen water pipes
If you discover you have frozen water pipes, follow these steps to help prevent additional property problems like water damage affecting your property:
1. Turn off the water supply
- Turn off the main stop tap. You should find this under the kitchen sink or where the service pipe enters your home.
- Turn off the stopcock in your cold water tank if you have one, it is usually found in the attic or loft.
2. Beat water damage from the burst pipe
- Protect everything around the frozen water pipe to avoid damage if the pipe bursts.
3. Thawing out
- Open the tap nearest to the part of the frozen water pipe so the water can flow through when it has melted.
- Thaw the ice in the frozen water pipe with a hot water bottle or hairdryer (taking care to keep it well away from any water) beginning from the tap end and working back toward the cold water tank. Never use a heat gun or blow torch.
Preventing a frozen water pipe bursting
If a frozen water pipe bursts and water comes gushing through the ceiling, it can wreak real damage on your home and its contents. Even worse, burst pipes and leaks can be complicated to fix, causing damage to timbers, floor boards and possibly leading to wet rot or dry rot.
You can avoid this kind of damage by preventing burst pipes and leaks in the first place. Try the following tips:
- Insulate your loft and the sides of your water tanks.
- Insulate all your water pipes.
- Open the loft trap door on cold days to let heat in.
- If you are away for a while (spending winter somewhere warmer perhaps) then ask a friend or relative to check on your home to make sure the water pipes have not burst or frozen.
- Re-washer dripping taps. If they freeze they will block the pipe. It will save up to a litre of water a day and your money if it is a hot tap.
- Make sure you know where your stop tap is and check regularly that you can turn it off easily in an emergency.
- In very cold weather the heating will need to be on low or set to come on a couple of times a day, especially if you are going away. Most modern boilers have a frost protection thermostat that turns on automatically if the temperature drops to a level that will cause your pipes to freeze.
Water damage? - contact the experts
For help or information regarding damp problems or water damage to your property from a frozen water pipe, call Wise Property Care today or contact us online via our contact form.