How to Thaw Frozen Water Pipes

No matter what precautions you take for winter, you can still end up with frozen pipes. Even if all the interior pipes are wrapped with electric heat tape, you could have a really potent cold snap that freezes the ground all the way to the level of the water main.

So short of moving to a southern climate, it is good to be prepared when you turn on the water for your morning shower and nothing happens.

These tips will help you for when that occurs.

The first thing you need to do is to find out where the pipe is frozen. Typically only a small portion of piping is frozen, not the entire system. [Read more…]

How to Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

One of the worst things that can happen (short of total disaster) is a long term power outage when it is below freezing. If you are smart and plan ahead, you probably have a way to heat at least a portion of your house.

But is that enough to keep your entire house heated so your water pipes don’t freeze?

Are you even thinking about your water pipes as you sit huddled together trying to keep warm?

You really should because if they burst, you are going to have a major problem once they thaw out.

Just a few simple steps can freeze proof your water pipes in a wintertime power down situation. Here they are. [Read more…]