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frozen pipesInterior and exterior water pipes can freeze if they are subjected to cold enough air temperatures. Frozen water pipes can stop or significantly slow the flow of water to and through your home.

If not taken care of, those pipes can burst and cause much larger issues. Contact Barlow Plumbing today if you suspect your pipes have frozen, or are worried they're overexposed and need preventative care.

What should I do if my water pipes freeze?

First, try to determine where the frozen pipe is located. If water supply is available in some parts of your home, while other parts have no water, then the freeze is probably in one of the pipes within your home. If you have no water supply in your home at all, it is likely the frozen pipe is outside.

To be safe, turn off the water supply to your home to prevent interior water leaks and damage. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, you'll want to call us right away.

When water freezes it expands, which can cause pipes to burst. Thawing the pipe can prevent the pipe from breaking and causing water damage.

Do not use a blow torch or other extreme heat to thaw a pipe. Not only can the extreme temperature swing cause damage to the pipe, but you could also set your home on fire. If you located the frozen section of pipe, consider using an electric heating pad or towels soaked in hot water. Keep the faucet open to allow the flowing water to melt ice in the pipe. Do not ignore the frozen pipe. The frozen segment could expand, and the pipe could burst.

The professional plumbers at Barlow Plumbing know how to locate and solve frozen water pipes in your home. We also specialize in preventative and maintenance measures, to keep you from ever experiencing this stressful problem.