Even though we live in a desert, there are still nights when the temperatures drop below freezing. It’s important to be prepared against the damage that can come when water pipes freeze.
How to avoid frozen pipes
- Places like crawl spaces, basements, attics and other exposed areas are susceptible to freezing.
- Consider installing heat tape or pipe sleeves on pipes to prevent freezing. These accessories are available at most local hardware stores.
- Even if you’re on vacation, leave the heat on to at least 50F to keep the pipes warm.
- Remember to insulate both hot and cold pipes and avoid a frozen pipes disaster.
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If your pipes freeze, the Red Cross suggests these tips
- If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
- Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
- Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
- Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
- Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.