The clearest sign you have a frozen pipe
: You turn on a faucet and only a trickle of water comes out.
Locate frozen pipe
: Water expands as it freezes, which can cause old pipes to split open or a compression joint (where two lengths of copper piping are joined) to push apart.
CHECK WITH YOUR NEIGHBOURS: If your neighbours still have water, it is likely that it is just your supply that has been affected, probably by a frozen pipe
. If you do not think this is the case, you can contact United Utilities on their emergency line 0345 672 3723 or visit unitedutilities.com.
As a second line of defense, an automatic leak detection and water shutoff system will help minimize damage from a frozen pipe
. These devices will protect against any type of plumbing or hydronic (water-based) heating system leak, and may also earn a discount on the homeowner premium.
But in 2014, we had a cold spell early in the year and we received more frozen pipe
claims than we have had in the last 10 or 15 years.
"The second way is to fill a watering can with hot water and pour it over the frozen pipe
to thaw it out.
Aquarion Water Company is reminding customers of a chilling fact a every winter, unsuspecting property owners experience catastrophic frozen pipe
Randall Russ, of Dry Ridge, Ky., who had extensive water, furniture and structural damage to his residence as a result of a frozen pipe
, needed assistance cleaning up, removing the standing water and repairing the physical damage.
* Make sure to prevent frozen pipe
problems when the pool is covered.
* Fix dripping taps: even a small trickle can result in a frozen pipe
If there's just a trickle from a tap, you might have a frozen pipe
. Keep the tap open and thaw the frozen area with a hairdryer or portable electric heater (but keep it away from any flammable materials).
that the determinative question is a factual one: whether the frozen pipe
or the mold was the dominant and efficient cause of the loss," Judge William Jay Riley wrote for a three-judge Eighth U.S.