Despite best efforts to winterize your home, sometimes a winter emergency can happen—such as the dreaded frozen pipes in Denver. But if you act fast and take the right steps, you can mitigate some of the damage and make the repair or clean-up process less extensive. You may still need to engage a professional to fix your pipes properly and restore the area. However, read on to learn about what to do if a pipe bursts or if you suspect your pipes are frozen.
- Step one: Notice the signs. If your faucets have reduced flow or no flow, you hear strange bubbling or whistling sounds coming from the pipes, there is an unpleasant sewer-like odor, or you notice puddles or rings on the ceiling, these are all indicators that you may have frozen pipes.
- Step two: Turn off the water and open the faucet. Once the ice is thawed, water will flow through the faucet quickly, so keeping it open will relieve the pressure. Running water will also help to further melt any ice in the pipe.
- Step three: Thaw the pipe. Apply heat to the pipe with a heating pad or space heater, or by wrapping the pipe with towels that have been soaked in warm water. Take extra care if you’re using an electrical device such as a heater or hair dryer that no leaking water is present, as this poses an electrocution risk. Keep applying the heat until the water pressure is restored.
- Step one: Shut off the water. If you haven’t already done so, shut off the water immediately.
- Step two: Move water-logged items. Chances are good something is going to get soaked when a pipe bursts, so take the time to move water-logged items and start the process of drying them out.
- Step three: Dry out the area. Using a sump pump or wet-dry vacuum, remove as much of the water as you can. Running a fan or dehumidifier in the area will also help to dry it out.
- Step four: Repair the pipe. Cut out the section of the pipe that burst and repair it with a replacement section.
- Step five: Prevent future pipe issues. If a pipe bursts once, you’ll never want to experience it again, so make sure to insulate your pipes with pipe wrap and add more insulation to the walls and cavities around your pipes.
Remember, frozen pipes seem to rear up when people leave town in the winter. So if you have a trip coming up, make sure to follow these steps to avoid any issues while you’re gone:
- Turn off the main water valve to your house.
- Leave the heat on and set it to no lower than 60 degrees F.
- If possible, have a neighbor stop by daily, especially if a severe cold snap is expected while you’re gone with temperatures in the 20s or below.
Frozen pipes are no fun, but unfortunately are all too common in cold-weather climates. If you’re dealing with frozen or burst pipes, or water damage in Denver as a result, contact Nubilt Construction right away for help and restoration.