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4 Ways to Detect Frozen Pipes

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

When the weather gets colder in the winter, pipes are at risk of freezing. Luckily, if you catch a frozen pipe early on, you can likely avoid having it burst and paying much higher cost for reparations.

Here are 4 ways that you can use to detect if your pipes may be frozen:

1.) Check the outside temperature.

Water doesn't freeze unless the temperature is 32°F or below. If the outside temperature is above this, then it is very unlikely that your pipes are frozen.

2.) Observe your pipes to see if there is frost on their exterior.

A more clear-cut way to see if your pipes may be frozen is to check if there is frost on their exterior. If you do find frost, you should take caution in turning on your faucets to avoid the possibility of your pipe bursting. 

3.) Test your faucets to see if there is running water.

If you turn on your faucet and very minimal or no water at all is coming out, then this may be a sign that the pipe responsible for the faucet is frozen. 

4.) Investigate if there are any strange odors coming from your faucets or drains.

Frozen pipes may create unusual smells that emanate from your faucets or drains. This is because when pipes are blocked by ice, the only direction for the odor to travel is back through these areas.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions about water damage, please do not hesitate to call the SERVPRO of Bend office at 541-385-7044. 

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