Let’s face it – it is cold outside. So cold in fact, we’re setting records on how cold it is outside! And like any good homeowner knows – other than a few extra layers on outside, cold also means the potential for frozen pipes.
Before we get into how to deal with frozen pipes, let’s chat about what causes them. Frozen pipes are caused by water stagnantly sitting in pipes as the temps drop below freezing. Since chemistry taught us that water expands at it freezes into ice, the water in the pipes begins to expand. As the pressure from the frozen water increases, it causes the pipes to buckle and then burst allowing a stream of free-flowing water to seep into your once dry home. The frozen pipe has to be repaired and the water removed in order to prevent issues like mold growth (yuck). Summary – you don’t want frozen pipes to happen to you!
Recap – What’s a Frozen Pipe: a pipe whose temperature has dropped below freezing causing the standing water within the pipe to freeze and expand threatening the pipe’s infrastructure.
But if you’re anything like me, you’ve waited and now you’ve got what you suspect is a frozen pipe. Water pressure has greatly reduced and it is really cold outside (think below 32 degrees). On top of that, if you find the pipe you suspect if frozen, you see frost on the pipe’s exterior – even more so if the pipe is on the exterior of the building.
Recap – Reasons you may think you pipes are frozen:
Ok so now we know that “what” and the “how” – let’s move on to what to do if you suspect your home’s pipes have frozen. If you’re looking for kitchen remodeling in Northern Virginia, look no further.