It’s the peak of the winter season in New Jersey, and many homeowners
are now discovering that their pipes are not performing to peak capacity
due to the cool temperatures.
Freezing pipes can have a significant impact on your home, preventing optimal water flow and potentially damaging your home plumbing.
It’s important to know how to thaw frozen pipes and prevent them
from becoming frozen in the future. We’ll offer our expert guide
in this post.
First Shut Off the Water
Before taking on any thawing work, it’s important to turn off the
water to your home. You should be able to find the main shut off valve,
which is usually a brass ring with a metal handle. Turn the valve clockwise
to shut off the water.
Turn Up the Heat in the House
One option for thawing frozen pipes in the home is turning up the heat.
By turning up the temperature in the home by 10 degrees, you can quickly
remove a frozen block in your pipes. Take care to ensure you check frozen
pipes regularly to minimize heating costs during the process.
Use a Small Portable Heater
If you know precisely where the blockage is in the home, you can use a
small portable heater to quickly thaw the frozen area in the piping. Direct
the heater at the frozen section and then give it a few hours to ensure
the pipe is completely thawed.
Take a Proactive Prevention Stance
Now that the area of frozen pipe in your home has thawed, you should be
able to take a proactive stance in mitigating any future frozen pipe issues.
Consider the following options to keep your plumbing system performing
to peak capacity throughout the winter:
- Insulate both hot and cold pipes
In areas where the cooler weather has a significant impact, such as the
basement, both hot and cold piping should be insulated. This will help
keep the entire system performing flawlessly.
- Remove, drain and store hoses
Hoses can provide a way for freezing water to enter the family home. Remove,
drain and store the hoses for the winter to cut off the connection between
interior plumbing and cooler temperatures.
- Drain water from sprinkler supply lines
A common source for freezing pipes in the family home is sprinkler supply
lines. These lines should be drained before the worst of the winter weather
arrives to mitigate problems with freezing pipes.