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Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes: Your Insider's Guide

Frozen pipesIt’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.

How to Prevent & Thaw Frozen Pipes

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. 

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.

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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.


Call William C Diamond Plumbing and Heating at (973) 200-6713 or contact us online to schedule an emergency pipe repair in Livingston. We’re available 24/7!


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