Cold, Freezing,Warm and Freezing again...
Spring is under a month away but this current weather would make it seem like spring is already here. According to the Farmers Almanac, spring will be off to a slow start with winter lingering close to April. Until April there will be occasional wet snow and unseasonably chilly weather. Keep those shovels, rain boots and a bag of rock salt out and ready to go just in case.
These temperatures are fluctuating from freezing to mild and precipitation from snow to rain. These conditions can wreak havoc on your vulnerable pipes in your home. When the freezing temperatures happen over a few days followed by a quick warm up,pipe breaks occur more often. What can you do if you find a frozen pipe? Here is a list of some tips to help you keep your water pipes flowing.
1. Open up the faucet to allow the water to flow out once it begins to thaw..
2. Apply heat to the area of the pipe that is frozen. Use a blow dryer or some electrical heat tape to slowly thaw out the frozen pipe. You can also use both of them together. Do not use a propane torch or any other open flame device to thaw pipes out. Pipes need to thaw slowly and the open flame also poses a fire hazard.
3. Keep applying heat until the water returns back to a normal flow.
4. Check the other faucets in your home to make sure they are not frozen. If you find them frozen repeat the steps above.
After these steps have been taken you should have free flowing water in your faucets, if you do not, call a professional in to resolve it. If you have a pipe break in your home which results in causing flooding, call us here at SERVPRO of White Plains and New Rochelle. We service White Plains, New Rochelle, Rye, Rye Brook, Larchmont, Purchase, Port Chester, Harrison, Pelham and surrounding areas. We are here 24 hours a day ,7 days a week and 365 days including holidays.