Safely Thaw Frozen Pipes
Our sudden blast of winter cold may have caught some of us off guard protect our running water. Here are some suggestions so you can safely help yourself. Of course it is Missouri, so by the time this blog is read, we may be thinking it is more like spring. Just wait it will get cold again.
If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Locate the suspected frozen area of the water pipe. Likely places include pipes running against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation. These sites should go on a “to do” or “honey do” list for extra insulation.
A trickle can mean hope unless it is water draining from pipes located above the faucet. Leave the faucet open to see if the trickle decreases meaning draining water or stays the same meaning the trickle may slowly open the freeze blockage. Otherwise, follow the instructions below.
For more information, contact a licensed plumber, building professional or local water providers, your home insurance provider or search frozen water pipes on a favorite search web site including www.extension.missouri.edu.
Sources: Ronn Phillips, Associate Professor Architectural Studies, 573-882-4575 or Email: PhillipsR@missouri.edu and Jim Jarman, 573-642-0755