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3 Emergency Steps for Frozen Pipes

Updated: Feb 25


What can you do if you suspect your pipes are frozen or they have burst?



If you open a tap and water doesn't come out, or if you flush a toilet and it doesn't refill, chances are you have a frozen pipe. Fortunately, you can still take measures to prevent or minimize damage.


1. Turn off your water: If you suspect you have a frozen pipe, your very first course of action should be to shut off the water at the main valve or the meter in case the pipe does burst. Once the water is shut off, open up all the taps in your house. This will help relieve any pressure building up inside the lines.



2. Thaw the pipe: When water isn't coming out of a particular tap or refilling a specific toilet, begin by warming the connecting pipe. Gently use a hairdryer, starting at the faucet and working your way back.


3. Work with a partner: A burst pipe can cause a lot of damage very quickly, so the faster you can figure out whether you have a leak, the less water damage you'll be dealing with. When the pipe is thawed and you're ready to turn the water on, recruit a friend or two to help you spot any leaks. Station your friend in an unheated area of your home, like your attic or crawlspace, to look and listen for leaks as you turn the water back on.



What can you do if you discover a leak from a frozen pipe?


Turn the main valve or the meter valve off immediately. Next, contact Tricore Restoration 24/7, time is not your friend and it is imperative to take remediation steps to minimize potential damage. Finally, contact a licensed plumber.



If you experience frozen pipe water damage, contact Tricore Restoration for immediate water extraction at 715-791-0404.

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