Frozen Pipes Mississauga
Frozen pipes can wreak havoc on your Mississauga home. What we often see happen is that people wake up after its been really cold the night before. They go to take a shower or brush their teeth, and no water comes out. People assume their pipes are frozen and if they turn the heat up, everything will be fine. This couldn’t be further from the truth. What happens is that when the water freezes, it will expand causing the pipe to split open. The scary part about the whole thing is that it won’t start leaking until the ice melts. So if the homeowner just turns up the heat and goes to work, hoping that everything will be fine when they get home, they may come home to a disaster.
What Should You Do If Your Pipes are Frozen?
Other Tips You Can Try
Towels & Heating Pads: Wrapping an electric heating pads or towels around the pipe(s) is an easy way to try and warm them up. Regardless of which one you use, you will need extra towels lying underneath the frozen area in order to absorb the water that will melt and drip onto the floor.
Electric Heater: If you want to use something stronger, space heaters are a great way to go but we must caution you to not leave the unit alone while it’s working its magic; it works great but can prove to be a fire hazard.
Hair Dryer: This can take a while and again, you need to be careful as hair dryers can get super-hot when they run for a bit. You just stand near the frozen pipe and aim at the frozen area. After a while the water will melt and you’ll see the water running out of your faucet again. This is a good time to mention that it’s key that you leave your faucets open; no matter how you go about it, once you melt the ice inside the pipes it will need somewhere to go!
Frozen pipes can be a disaster and an almost certain insurance claim if you’re not careful. Our Mississauga plumbers from John The Plumber have been extensively trained on how to deal with these potentially disastrous situations. Diagnosing where a split might be ahead of time can save you thousands in damage.