Frozen pipes are property damage caused by mother nature turning us all into human popsicles. When pipes end up freezing they can cost you a lot of trouble and money. During extremely cold climate conditions, the chilly winds turn the water sitting inside pipes into ice. Water increases in mass when it transforms into its solid state. As a result, the solid mass of ice blocks the pipe and water supply gets stopped. Also, the frozen water expanding puts immense pressure on the pipes from the inside, causing them to crack and/or explode. Now while a ‘crack’ does not sound like a big trouble, it can turn into major damage if left untreated.
However, there are ways to detect frozen pipes and consequential cracks early on to prevent damage.
How to detect frozen pipes?
- The easiest way to recognize the pipes being frozen is the stoppage of water. if you have water in your reservoir, but none of it is coming out of the faucet or only coming out in a drizzle, then chances are your pipe is frozen and blocked.
- If you notice slight frost accumulating on the outer side of the pipes which can be seen, you might want to book a plumber and check whether your pipes are all right or have frozen.
- In case the outgoing pipes of your household have frozen, there are two ways to know. After a point, drainage will slow down as the water will not be able to go through. Secondly, there will be bad odor coming back up from the drain.
Fixing frozen pipes
Cost and repairs needed will depend on the amount of damage or work needed to fix the issue. Get professional help and call your plumber or technician to check the matter immediately, and they will tell you whether it can be fixed or will need complete replacement.