Winter is on its way to the Oakville area; skaters, skiers and most children are excited for the snowfall, but with this Winter Wonderland come issues that can affect your pipes. Oakville will definitely see its share of cold temperatures and with that comes the possibility of the pipes in your home freezing. John The Plumber Oakville knows how quickly this can turn into a major problem in your home, and has provided some helpful tips on finding, thawing and fixing frozen pipes.
Main Water Supply
Begin by turning on each faucet in your home one at a time. If there is no water coming from any faucet in your home then the frozen pipe is likely right at your main water supply. Generally, the pipes for the main water supply are located on the street side of your basement, or if you have an uninsulated crawl space, the pipes may be located in there.
Sometimes water will still flow from some faucets and not others; this could be the pipe connected to the faucet that has no water flow. The best way to find the frozen section is to check uninsulated walls first. Once you locate the pipe, run your hand along the pipe until you find the coldest spot. This is likely the spot where the pipe is frozen.
If you have copper or plastic pipes in your home, also check the cold spot for bulges, cracks or splits. If you do happen to notice any of these issues call our Oakville plumbers immediately, as they can cause flooding in the area when they thaw.
If you don’t see any bulges, cracks or splits, then you can try thawing the frozen area. A good option is to use a space heater. They are effective at warming up a frozen space, but you must exercise caution: NEVER leave the device unattended and DO NOT place it near any chemicals or flammable materials. E.G.: If you have a kitchen frozen pipe, you’ll want to remove any cleaning supplies you may have under your sink before turning the heater on to warm the air under there. These cautions apply to heat lamps as well.
If at any time you are unsure of what to do, please give our Oakville plumbers a call. We’ll be happy to help thaw out the frozen pipes in your home.
TIP: Another option is to use a hair dryer. This way you can monitor how the pipe is thawing but do be careful; hair dryers can get very hot so keep a close eye if you have plastic pipes in your home.