Signs Your Pipes Might Be Frozen
The winter months usually bring frigid temps which in turn can be a problem for homes and businesses without proper maintenance. After temperatures drop below freezing for consecutive days, pipes can freeze. When the temperature goes above freezing again, it's possible that these pipes can burst and cause severe water damage. Are your pipes frozen? Here are some signs:
- The Temperature Is Right- Pipes cannot freeze if it is not cold enough outside for them to do so. Water does not freeze when it is 60 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and neither do pipes. When the temperature falls to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, you should begin to take precautions to prevent pipes from freezing.
- There Is Frost on the Pipe- For pipes that can actively be seen, such as those under sinks, you may be able to see frost that has accumulated on the exterior of the pipe. This can serve as a warning sign that the pipe is frozen before you ever try to turn on the faucet.
- No Water Is Coming Out of the Faucet- Another sign that you may have a frozen pipe on your hands is lack of running water. If you or a tenant turn on a kitchen or bathroom faucet and only a slight trickle of water or no water at all comes out, the water pipe leading to the faucet may be frozen.
- Strange Smells- A fourth potential sign of a blocked pipe is an odd smell coming from a faucet or drain. If the pipe is partially or completely blocked, the only way the odor can escape is back up in the direction of your property.
It's important to act quickly if you think your pipes are frozen. You can try to thaw them yourself, but also call in an experienced plumber to analyze the situation. Should you unfortunately find yourself dealing with water damage from a burst pipe, you can always call upon us to help.