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Posted on: February 16, 2021
[ARCHIVED] Are Your Pipes Frozen?
- If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
- Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
- Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials and not left unattended), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame devices. 𝐃𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐮𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝.
- Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
- Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.
- 𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐨 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐮𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐢𝐩𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐳𝐞𝐧 𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐟𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐜𝐜𝐮𝐫𝐬, please call non-emergency dispatch at 817-952-2127 to have a Public Works crewmember out to shut off the water at the meter.