What to do If Your Pipes Freeze
This morning as I scrolled through my social feed, I have seen quite a few posts about no water coming out or frozen pipes. The big question is what do you do next? Before I get to the list, if you have no idea what you are doing, please call a plumber and don't try to do it yourself. Here are some tips and steps that you can take to remedy frozen pipes specifically, thanks to our friends at Roto-Rooter. If you follow these tips you may be able to avoid or minimize serious damage.
Shut-off the water main leading into the structure and open (not wide open, just open) any faucets connected to the pipe. This will reduce pressure on the frozen pipes and minimize flooding if the pipes burst.
If the frozen pipe is exposed and visible, use a hair dryer or space heater to thaw the ice blockage. Do not use an open flame and keep space heaters far enough away from walls and flammable materials to avoid fire risk!
Even if no leaks are found, a plumber should examine pipes that experienced a hard freeze. Some pipes may need to be replaced since the material has experienced stretching and fatigue, putting the pipes at risk for future failure.
Even if you can fix your own frozen pipes. You still would need to contact a professional plumber, who is equipped with pipe-thawing equipment, and possibly make repairs to damaged pipes.