Joel Alexander with City Utilities of Springfield, says he has had several calls today regarding frozen water pipes and what can be done to identify and resolve the problem
Alexander says if you suspect you have a frozen water pipe, there are few suggestions of how to identify the problem.
- Check faucets to see if all are affected or the problem is isolated to one area.
- If you need to thaw a frozen water pipe, do so by opening cabinet doors to expose the pipe and use a heat source without a flame.
- Do not apply extreme direct heat with an open flame device.
- Locate the water shut-off valve in your home.
- If repairs are needed, the water supply should be shut-off until repairs are complete.
- If you cannot locate the frozen sections of pipe, cannot reach the frozen pipe, or if you cannot thaw the frozen pipe safely, call a professional plumber.
Additional preventative steps include:
- If you have water supply lines in your garage, keep the garage door closed.
- Open cabinets under kitchen and bathroom sinks. This will allow the warmer air from the home to spread around the pipes.
- If you have exposed pipes, when the weather is especially cold, let the cold water drip. Even a small drip will help prevent pipes from freezing.
- If the home or business will not be in use, take steps to winterize the plumbing fixtures.