Texas winters call for crazy temperatures. One day it’ll be a beautiful 70 degrees and sunny while the next it’s a frigid 25 degrees and raining. However, during the winter months in Texas there is one thing for certain; prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
Even though you may think your plumbing system is in working order, there is one situation you may not have considered that could possibly leave you with a busted pipe and a flooded home. Pipes left unprotected collect water that freezes during the winter months. Frozen water expands inside the otherwise healthy pipe causing it to rupture.
Temporary loss of water is the least of your concern in this situation; a busted pipe can result in a much more serious damage. If proper preventive steps are taken you may never need to worry about thawing frozen pipes, or worse, repairing a busted pipe.
Here are the proper steps you should take if you wake up to a frozen pipe:
Open faucet so steam produced by your thawing activities will be able to escape.
Start thawing pipe at faucet with a hot towels or hairdryer and work back toward other end of frozen section. As the ice melts, water and steam will come out of the open faucet. Be careful to not start in the middle. Steam produced by melting ice can get trapped and build up enough pressure to burst the pipe.
For safety reasons, never hesitate to contact a professional for assistance.