Frozen pipes: what to do?

Frozen pipes: what to do?

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Freezing water supply hoses is a recurring problem that many homes face every winter. When the outside temperature drops below 0 ° C, some parts of domestic pipes are attacked by frost which creates cracks, causing significant material damage. This problem should therefore not be taken lightly, as Christophe Dos Santos, a professional plumber, explains to us.

What is the first attitude to adopt when faced with frozen pipes?

First of all, cut off the water at the level of the meter so as not to obstruct the pipes already blocked by frost. Then find the part (s) of the hose that are causing the problem. Being impossible to see with the naked eye, the simplest thing is to look for the places where the installations are most vulnerable and likely to be exposed to the cold! These are mostly found in the attic, crawlspace or uninsulated cellars.

When this happens despite everything, how do you thaw your pipes yourself?

You just have to use the means at hand! A hair dryer, a space heater or better yet, a heat gun will do the trick. You just have to be careful not to burn the materials near the pipes - I am thinking in particular of the glass wool present under the roofs of habitats - and not to melt the pipe itself if it is made of PVC. I do not recommend the blowtorch, which remains a dangerous tool for individuals ... Be patient because a pipe does not heat up in 30 seconds and above all, never wait for it to thaw on its own because the situation could get worse! Frost attacks copper and steel, the main materials used for pipelines, and can crack them very quickly. The resulting water leaks are all the more serious in terms of material damage ...

Is there a way to avoid freezing its pipes?

Do not hesitate to isolate your water meter and your pipes as much as possible, with polystyrene or glass wool for example (especially no straw). Regularly check the good condition of this protection and you should spend a winter without worries of frozen pipes!