Winter is Here! What To Do When the Pipes are Frozen

what to do when pipes freeze

As winter approaches, your home’s heating system becomes your best friend. But some areas, such as attics and basements, remain unheated. And if there are any plumbing lines in these areas without proper insulation, it is possible that your pipes may freeze. If you wake up on a winter morning only to find no water coming out of the faucets, it’s probably because of a frozen pipe. It is important to take immediate action, or your pipes might burst.  Read on to learn what to do when your pipes freeze. 

What to Do When Pipes Freeze 

Here are a few things that should help when your pipes freeze: 

  1. Shut Off Your Water Supply

If one or more faucets in your home aren’t giving you any water, you’re dealing with frozen pipes. In this situation, you must first locate the main valve that supplies water to your home and shut it off. 

  1. Locate the Frozen Pipe

Once you have shut off the water supply, the next thing you must do is try and find the frozen pipe. Remember, a frozen pipe is usually in a place with no or inadequate heating, so start your search from the attic, basement, or crawl space. 

In most cases, frozen pipes have frost on the outside, so you’ll be able to identify them easily. 

  1. Inspect the Pipe

After locating the frozen pipe, you should inspect it to see if the pipe has burst or has any signs of cra