What to Do if Your Pipes Freeze

Do you know what to do if your pipes freeze? Use this blog as your quick-reference resource guide this winter.

If you read our last blog, you already know what to do to keep your pipes from freezing.  However, if it’s too late and you’ve got a problem, here’s what to do.

First, what is the first sign that you have a frozen pipe or pipes? Your water pressure drops. You already have a problem at that point. Time to take action!

5 Action Steps

to Take if Your Pipes Freeze

  • Turn off the water at your main shut-off valve, so you won’t have problems as the ice melts.
  • Leave your faucets on and open to relieve pressure as the ice melts. A build-up of pressure is usually what causes lines to crack or even burst.
  • Open your cabinets to expose the pipes to the warmer air in your home or office.
  • Try to find the frozen pipe in question.
  • Use a blow dryer or heat gun to thaw frozen pipes. DO NOT EVEN THINK about using a blow torch. It’s way too dangerous and is almost guaranteed to cause more damage in the end.

If all else fails, remember that Robinson’s Plumbing Service has 24-hour, 7-days-a-week service for emergencies such as these. Just call our main line, and someone will answer or get back to you quickly. We can help you with preventative winterization that can help keep a disaster like this from happening to you, and we can help unfreeze and repair pipes too.

If you own or are responsible for multiple properties, such as vacation homes, rentals or offices, consider our remote sensor-and-monitoring product from WaterSafe, which can detect leaks and moisture problems instantly. WaterSafe can even shut off the water for you remotely if it detects a problem, which can keep a minor annoyance from turning into a major catastrophe.

We’re here to help, so if you have any questions, call us at 804-794-0918. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.