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How Can I Tell if My Pipes are Frozen?

How Can I Tell if My Pipes are Frozen?

During the winter season, it's important to recognize the symptoms of a frozen pipe. When water freezes it expands and can lead to a burst pipe and a big mess for homeowners. By understanding what to look for, you can take the proper action to thaw your pipes or call a professional before you encounter a burst pipe. Here are a few ways to tell if your pipes are frozen:

1. Visible frost

If the weather outside gets down to freezing temperatures, you'll want to check up on your exposed pipes, such as the ones in unheated garages, crawl spaces and attics. If any of the water supply pipes have frost, this means that they're likely frozen or in the process of freezing. Shutting off the water supply to the affected section and opening a few faucets to a trickle will reduce pressure inside the pipe and prevent a burst or at least a major leak if the pipe does burst. Using a space heater or hair dryer to thaw the pipe will often work but never use an open flame. You will want to have a bucket, mop and towels on hand in case the freeze caused your pipes to crack. You may not know the pipe cracked until the ice thaws in the pipe and signs of a water leak become obvious. You can also have a plumber thaw pipes and make any necessary repairs.

2. Slow and uneven water supply

For some homeowners, the issue won't be nearly as obvious as frost on the pipes. Instead, they may encounter persistent plumbing issues involving their water supply. If nothing comes out when you turn on the faucet, or if it comes out slowly or unevenly, these symptoms could indicate that a pipe is frozen. A plumbing professional can locate the affected pipe and address the problem before it causes more trouble.

3. Leaks and damp walls

Freezing can lead to pipe leaks, and it's important to watch out for this sign in order to fix it quickly. Damp drywall, wet carpeting or rings on the ceiling are major red flags that something's wrong. Homeowners should also call a professional plumber if they find signs of a leak. A plumber can get to the source of the issue with as little disturbance or inconvenience as possible and will have the expertise to properly take care of a frozen pipe.

It's essential to understand how to recognize the signs of a frozen pipe, but taking preventive measures is just as crucial. Call a Roto-Rooter plumbing expert today to help thaw your frozen pipes or to prepare your plumbing system to prevent freezing.

And, our water cleanup team can also remove water and dry your home professionally in the event of a burst or leaking pipe.