Bomb Cyclone Preparedness: Four Easy Steps To Help Prevent Water-Pipe Damage
North American Precis Syndicate
(NAPSI)—The unusually cold temperatures that the country is currently
experiencing will cause all kinds of chaos, including frozen water pipes. If
the pipes burst as a result of the cold, this can be a major nightmare—but
something that can be prevented with the proper precautions.
For climates that rarely see extremely cold temperatures like what we're
currently experiencing with the 'bomb cyclone' weather system, water pipes
are particularly vulnerable to freezing due to a lack of insulation around
Here are a few tips from Johns Manville to help prevent frozen water
1. If you know temperatures are going to be extremely cold, keep
thermostats high and open cabinet doors under sinks that are located on
2. Leave water dripping on all faucets, for two-handle faucets, have hot
AND cold water dripping.
3. Wrap exposed water pipes with insulation.
4. Add insulation to walls to help keep the hidden pipes protected as
"Adding insulation to exposed water pipes is one of the easiest DIY
home-improvement projects to do," says Tommy Knappich, VP and General Manager
of Building Insulation at Johns Manville. "If you take further preventative
measure in the future, adding wall insulation is not a difficult task and
will help protect those pipes that are not exposed, and keep your home more
comfortable in all types of weather."
How To Tell
How will you know if your pipes have frozen? You'll turn the faucet on and
nothing will happen. This is the best-case scenario because it can be easily
remedied. What you don't want to happen is for the pipes to burst as a result
of being frozen.
If you notice that a pipe has frozen, search exposed pipes for the frozen
• Feel the pipes with your hand to find the area of the pipe that is
colder than others.
• Look for drips coming from the pipe, or frost build-up on the pipe.
• Use a screwdriver handle or another blunt object, to gently tap the pipe
listening for a "solid" sound.
What To Do
Quick action to thaw the pipe will help prevent bursting. Once you've
found where the pipe has frozen, here's how to unthaw it:
• Turn the faucet on, also turn on nearby faucets to a trickle. The water
from adjoining faucets may get to the frozen section and help thaw the ice.
• Use a hair dryer and run it back and forth along the pipe. Make sure to
keep it moving any uneven or sudden heating can rupture the pipe.
• Add salt to the frozen drain.
• Wrap the pipe in hot towels, replacing them ever 5−10 minutes
until the water is running.
• DO NOT add boiling water to the pipe—a sudden temperature change will
cause the pipe to burst.
"Adding insulation can be a weekend project that will create peace-of-mind
during these extreme weather situations," said Knappich. "Installing the
insulation properly can be just as important as adding insulation. For
instance, ensuring the insulation is split around pipes so that a portion of
the insulation is between the pipe and the wall will keep the pipe from being
exposed to more cold."
For more information about how to insulate your home for comfort and
energy efficiency please consult Johns Manville's helpful how-to videos at www.jm.com/diyvideos.
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