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What to Do When Your Pipes Freeze and Burst

When freezing temperatures come howling in, your home or business could be at risk for freezing pipes. If the mercury drops, and your faucets, showers or toilets stop flowing, a frozen pipe could be the culprit.burst frozen pipe

Freezing pipes are just the start of the problem. Over time, as pipes freeze and thaw, you run the risk of bursting pipes. You need to take immediate action to prevent any catastrophic damage to your home or business when a pipe ruptures.

If you hear water rushing and suspect a burst pipe, do the following:

1. Immediately locate and shut off your main water valve.

If a pipe in your home or business bursts, water will keep flooding through the break point until you restrict water flow to the pipe. Shutting the main water valve should prevent any water from entering the interior plumbing system. The faster you can close off the water, the less clean up you’ll have to deal with.

2. Turn off the electricity.

If necessary, locate the main electrical panel and turn off the electricity to the affected area. Water is an excellent conductor of electricity, which can be a dangerous combination inside of your home or business.

3. Call for help.

If you own your home or business space, you will need to call a plumber to help repair or replace your broken pipe. In the Tulsa, Okla. area, Raby Plumbing is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A Raby Plumbing expert can solve your broke pipe problem and provide tips to prevent future issues.

If you rent your home or business space, now is the time to call your landlord or business manager. Raby Plumbing offers commercial and industrial services as well.

4. Clean up.

Any remaining water can lead to disgusting mold and mildew buildup. Use the following to remove any remaining water and moisture:

  • Wet/dry vacuum
  • Mop
  • Towels
  • Sponges
  • Fans
  • Dehumidifier
  • Desiccants

Preventing Future Frozen Pipe Bursts

Once the pipe is repaired and water is flowing properly, you should address your underlying frozen pipe problem. If you’re a home or business owner, a Raby Plumbing technician can help you locate and repair potential frozen pipe trouble spots. permanent solutions include relocating pipes in freeze-prone areas or insulating exposed pipes.

You can prevent a freezing burst pipe by doing any of the following:

  • Let water trickle through your faucets.
  • Warm the area with a portable space heater.
  • Open unheated cabinet or access doors that contain pipes.
  • Thaw frozen pipes with a warm towel, heating pad or hairdryer.

Warning: Never attempt to thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame such as a blowtorch or lighter.

If you’re in the Tulsa, Okla. area, and you’re experiencing issues with frozen or broken pipes, call the Raby Plumbing experts at (918) 200-9006.

Resources found on our website are provided as general guidelines, and Raby Plumbing does not assume any liability resulting from the provided information.

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