As the days and nights get colder it is very likely that you will experience frozen pipes. Pipes can freeze in less than 10 hours on a cold night so it is very common that you may wake up to no water due to frozen pipes. Frozen pipes can be potentially hazardous, causing burst pipes and flooding which can cause a lot of damage to your home. So what do you do if you have frozen pipes?
Frozen pipes can cause a number of issues in the home, you may notice there is no water flow or low water pressure, or it may be a problem draining water as frozen pipes cause a blockage.
When you first notice a problem with your water flow there are a few steps you should take to see if the problem is frozen pipes.
Once you have established you have frozen pipes then you need to deal with it quickly and effectively. If your pipes are completely frozen solid then we recommend you get a professional out to look at them, this is because there is a risk the pipes will burst if heated up too quickly, especially copper pipes. Also if you have any gas pipes that are frozen then you must contact a certified gas professional.
If it is a minor blockage then with caution you can deal with the frozen pipe yourself, however if you are in any doubt we do suggest you use a professional.
Identify the Frozen Pipe
To find where the pipe is frozen you should:
By carefully following the steps above you can defrost a minor frozen pipe quite effectively, once you have cleared the blockage check to see if the pipe has been damaged, if you pipes have been damaged by the frost then you will need to call a plumber out as soon as possible.
Not all frozen pipes can be cleared easily and you can save a lot of time and potentially money by preventing frozen pipes.
Frozen pipes can be insulated using a variety of methods but pipes outside are very difficult to insulate using traditional lagging, it is not always possible to keep pipes out of the cold.
Heat safe have an innovative solution, depending on your pipes you can use either the solution designer for complex pipe designs or the fixed length kits for simple pipe set ups. Heat Safe use self regulating thermal cables that can be ordered online and set up yourself without an electrician.
Heat Safe cables are energy efficient only using enough electricity to keep the temperature above freezing, you can choose the thermostatic solution that suits you and is most energy efficient.