Frozen Pipes



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Preventing & Thawing Frozen Pipes in Austin, TX

When the temperature drops below freezing, the water in your pipes can freeze. As water freezes, it expands, potentially causing your pipes to burst. This can potentially lead to flooding and water damage in your home. If you have frozen pipes, you must act quickly to prevent a burst pipe. At 1st Home & Commercial Services, we offer frozen pipe services in Austin and the surrounding areas. Our experienced plumbers can help prevent your pipes from freezing and thaw them if they are already frozen.

Call (512) 957-2992 or contact us online to schedule an appointment with our team today.

How to Prevent Your Pipes from Freezing

You must prevent your pipes from freezing when the temperature drops below freezing. This is especially important if you have pipes in unheated areas of your home, such as your basement, attic, or garage. You should also take steps to prevent your outdoor pipes from freezing. If you have a swimming pool, you should also prevent your pool pipes from freezing.

Here are some tips to help you prevent your pipes from freezing:

  • Insulate your pipes: You should insulate your pipes to help prevent them from freezing. Use pipe insulation or heat tape to protect your pipes. You should also insulate your outdoor faucets and pipes.
  • Seal any cracks or holes: You should seal cracks or holes that exist in your walls, floors, or foundation. This will help prevent cold air from entering your home and freezing your pipes.
  • Keep your home warm: You should keep your home warm to help prevent your pipes from freezing. You should set your thermostat to at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit. You should also open your cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around your pipes.
  • Let your faucets drip: You should let your faucets trickle to help prevent your pipes from freezing. You should let both your hot and cold water faucets drip. You should also let your faucets drip if you will be away from home for an extended period.
  • Keep your garage door closed: You should keep your garage door closed to help prevent your pipes from freezing. You should also insulate your garage door to help keep it warm.
  • Drain your pipes: If you will be away from home for an extended period, you should drain your pipes. You should turn off your main water valve and open all of your faucets to allow the water to drain out of your pipes. You should also flush your toilets to remove water from your toilet tanks and bowls.

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

If you have frozen pipes, you must act quickly to prevent a burst pipe. You should never use an open flame to thaw your pipes. This can cause a fire. You should also never use a hairdryer to thaw your pipes. This can cause an electrical shock. You should also refrain from using a space heater to thaw your pipes. This can cause a fire. You should also never use a propane torch to thaw your pipes.

Here are some tips to help you thaw your pipes:

  • Turn on your faucets: You should turn on your faucets to help relieve the pressure in your pipes. This helps to prevent your pipes from bursting.
  • Apply heat to your pipes: You should apply heat to your pipes to help thaw them. You can use a heating pad, a hot water bottle, or a space heater to apply heat to your pipes.
  • You should also wrap your pipes in a warm towel or blanket to help retain the heat.
  • Use a hairdryer: You can use a hairdryer to apply heat to your pipes. You should set your hairdryer to the lowest setting and hold it at least 6 inches away from your pipes. You should also move your hairdryer back and forth to help distribute the heat.
  • Use a heat lamp: You can use a heat lamp to apply heat to your pipes. You should set your heat lamp at least 12 inches away from your pipes. You should also move your heat lamp back and forth to help distribute the heat.
  • Use a space heater: You can use a space heater to apply heat to your pipes. You should set your space heater at least 3 feet away from your pipes. You should also move your space heater back and forth to help distribute the heat.
  • Use a heat gun: You can use a heat gun to apply heat to your pipes. You should set your heat gun to the lowest setting and hold it at least 6 inches away from your pipes. You should also move your heat gun back and forth to help distribute the heat.

Why Choose 1st Home & Commercial Services?

At 1st Home & Commercial Services, we are committed to providing our customers with the best possible service. We are a family-owned and operated company that has been serving the Austin area since 2005. We are fully licensed and insured for your protection. We are also accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and have an A+ rating. We are available 24/7 for all your plumbing needs.

Call (512) 957-2992 to schedule an appointment with our team today.

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