This year’s drastic drop in temperature is not only increasing the chances of fires but also frozen and busted pipes. Why are frozen pipes dangerous. Once you’re facing frozen pipes, you’re also facing a lack of running water which means no showers, no washing dishes, or things like making coffee or providing water for your pets. This also means there is a potential to burst. Once the water in the pipe freezes, a pressure is created and builds between the blockage and faucet, and can build to an explosion.
Pipes that are vulnerable to freezing
Signs to look for that indicate frozen pipes:
Now that you know what to look for, here are a few things you should and shouldn’t do –
DO – turn off the main water valve to the house and leave the faucets open.
DON’T – use any open flame to attempt to thaw the pipe.
DON’T – use an electric heater or hair dryer directly on the pipe as any leaking water can
cause an electrocution hazard.
DO – let the heat of the house get to the pipe by opening cabinets or crawl space doors.
DON’T – call a plumber out to thaw out piping as it’s very expensive and time-consuming.
DO – have plenty of patience as it’s going to take time to thaw the pipes.
Call Complete DKI for any water emergency you may have as a result of frozen or busted pipes! We’re here for you 24/7 and we’ll make sure you get exactly the help you need as soon as you need it. We’re here for the Pensacola, Pace, and Milton areas as well as Destin, Ft. Walton Beach, and Panama City.
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