Every winter, many homeowners face the expense and inconvenience of frozen water pipes. But, you can cross that off your list of winter worries by taking a few simple precautions.
What if you wake up one day to find the pipes are frozen anyway? During an extended cold spell, it could happen despite precautions.
Do you have the plumber's telephone number handy? Write it down now before you need it in an emergency.
If you think you know where the freeze-up occurred and want to try thawing it yourself, do not under any circumstances use a torch with an open flame! The whole house could catch fire. Also, overheating a single spot can burst the pipe. Heating a soldered joint could allow it to leak or come completely apart.
The easiest tool is probably a hair dryer with a low heat setting. Wave the warm air back and forth along the pipe, not on one spot, If you don't have a hair dryer, you can wrap the frozen section with rags or towels and pour hot water over them. It's messy, but it works.
Be careful because the pipe may already be broken. It's not leaking because the water is frozen. But when you thaw it out, water could come gushing out. Be ready to run for the master shutoff valve if necessary.
The main thing is to take precautions before winter sets in.
The Harwich Water Department offers a seasonal turn on/off service, CLICK HERE to learn more.