frozen leaking pipes

In the UK we experience a range of temperatures with freezing cold mornings. Pipes freezing can be a right nightmare, here at JF Plumbing Services we have come up with how to keep pipes from freezing.

Ways of to keep pipes from freezing

One of the main ways of preventing your pipes from freezing is to ensure they are well insulated. Make sure your pipes are kept warm and are not exposed to the cold temperatures as they can be difficult to thaw.

Why do pipes freeze?

Even when you are not using a tap, shower or hose your pipes will still hold small amounts of water in them. When the temperatures drop below freezing the water within the pipes can freeze, freezing pipes can cause a significant amount of hassle as they can stop the water from reaching the tap. They can also cause damage to your home as the expansion of the frozen water could potentially cause the pipes to burst and flood your home.

Ways of reducing frozen pipes

Open cabinets

If you are experiencing freezing pipes a great way to prevent it is to open your cabinet doors that hold piping. It allows the warmer air from the house to circulate and reach the plumbing.

Keep your thermostat at a regulated temperature

In many households, we tend to turn the heating down if we are out or during the night to reduce our energy bills but this isn’t always a good idea especially when you have freezing pipes. Here at JF Plumbing Services, we recommend keeping your thermostat at a controlled temperature to ensure your pipes stay at the right temperature which is roughly around 12-15C.

Winterizing water pipes

If your pipes are prone to freezing, you should consider thinking about insulating them. This doesn’t have to be an expensive option, and simple DIY tricks such as wrapping the pipes in newspaper will work. Insulating pipes helps to regulate the temperature of the pipe.

Allow taps to run

You may think you are wasting water by leaving your taps running, but they can do the world of good for frozen pipes. The constant trickle of water prevents the pipes from freezing over in the first place.

Frozen tap

Tips on how to thaw frozen water pipes

Thawing frozen pipes quickly are important for your water systems as it will prevent the pipes from bursting or leaking. However, you need to ensure you are thawing pipes properly. Otherwise, you can cause yourself a number of problems.

Locate the frozen pipe

First things first you are going to want to locate the pipe you believe to be frozen if you are unsure of which one it is we recommend turning on the tap. If you are experiencing a small trickle when the tap is on full one of the pipes leading to it is most likely going to be frozen.

Open taps

Make sure that before you do anything, you open the faucets, make sure you open both hot and cold. This will help in relieving any of the pressure built up within the pipe, and rather then the water spitting once you have thawed the pipe the water should free flow like normal.

Thawing external pipes

When it comes to thawing, we have witnessed a variety of issues people encounter which have caused their pipes to burst. They are normally caused because people assume when you thaw you start at the most frozen part. You need to start at the open faucet so as soon as the frozen water starts to melt both the water and steam have somewhere to escape.

Hairdryer

Using a hairdryer is one of the most effective ways to thaw a frozen pipe. We recommend putting the hairdryer on medium heat rather than full setting and point it in the direction of the pipe. As with most electrical items make sure you are taking the right safety precautions and ensure the water is going nowhere near the electrics.

Heat lamp

Heat lamps are another great alternative to using a hairdryer. We recommend taking a look at an Infrared heat lamps from Amazon as you can set them to any temp you wish for the most effective thawing.

Thawing internal pipes

Turn up the heating internally, and the pipes should gradually melt internally. Alternatively, you could put warm towels from the airing cupboard on top of the piping which will help with the thawing process.

broken frozen pipes

What to avoid

If you do not feel comfortable thawing your frozen pipes we always suggest contacting plumbers Leighton Buzzard as this is something they will be able to help you with and potentially inform you of how to do it if it is to happen in the future.

Make sure that you don’t apply to much heat to the pipes to quickly as this can cause the pipes to burst or potentially cause a leak. If you do find yourself in a situation whereby your pipes have burst make sure to shut off your water straight away to stop the water from leaking and causing damage to your home.
If you are unable to fix the problem yourself we recommend contacting plumbers Milton Keynes.

Summary

Here in the UK, we are prone to experience freezing on a frequent basis which can cause pipes to freeze. Freezing pipes can be a right pain and cause serious damage if left untreated, so it’s important you know how to effectively thaw the pipes.

Make sure that you are not putting yourself or anyone else at harm while thawing any of the pipes internally or externally. One of the first things to do is turn your thermostat up before everyone gets up to shower as this will hopefully thaw the pipes if not you may have to take more severe measures.

Don’t hesitate to get in contact with a plumber if you need help, many people try and do it themselves even when they’re unsure which often results in a plumber being called anyway. If you do have burst pipes always make sure you have turned all water systems off otherwise you could cause more damage to your home. Once you have done, this gets in touch with plumbers Aylesbury who deal with emergency call outs.

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