Frozen pipes can be a problem on their own, but when they freeze so bad that the pipes burst and flood, that’s when your problem turns into an emergency. There are many ways to prevent frozen pipes in your home, and one method that takes very little effort is to run some water.
Running water stops freezing pipes by constantly moving water through your plumbing. When the flow stops and the water settles, it is more likely that the freezing temperatures will infiltrate and affect the water in the pipes. Even just letting water drip out of your faucet can be enough to prevent major damage.
Sometimes throughout the season, it’s beneficial to run water through faucets or showers that are not commonly used. A bathroom in the basement, for example, can be a high-risk location of freezing pipes because of its location and the frequency of its use.
What if it’s too late, and your pipe is already frozen? Well, running water can help a bit there, too. If you turn on the faucet and see only a trickle comes out, that might be a sign of a frozen pipe. Keep that faucet on. When you discover the section of plumbing that is frozen, you can heat that area. With the water still running, it will help melt and clear the ice in the pipe.
Another reason to keep the water running, even just dripping, is that it will help relieve any pressure buildup in the pipes if they freeze. When a pipe freezes, it is not only the expanding ice that causes the pipe to burst but also the buildup of pressure created between the blockage and the faucet.
Running water from the faucet is just one method to help prevent your pipes from freezing. You can learn more about how to stop your pipes from freezing, and learn what you need to do in case they burst, by calling Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.