The winter months can be particularly hard on your home. If you live in a cold area, a frozen drain could be a pastime of yours. This will cause all sorts of plumbing problems. However, there are ways to prevent it, and if it does happen, there are many ways to fix it before the problem gets out of hand.
Start by insulating any pipes that are located on or near the exterior of your home. You can purchase wrap for your pies and install it easily. If you can’t get to all of the pipes, at least focus on insulating the main water pipes.
Signs your drain has frozen include drainage problems. Your sink or tub won’t drain, because the water inside the pipe has frozen.
First, check to make sure the pipe hasn’t cracked. Water expands when it freezes, which is why frozen pipes often burst. If the pipe hasn’t cracked, there is just a blockage.
Next, turn off the water source that leads to that pipe. This might be the main water source. Continue by opening all of the faucets that lead to the frozen area. This will release any cool water that’s helping the blockage.
The next step is to thaw the frozen area. Consider a few ways to do this, such as using a small blow dryer to direct warm air onto the frozen spot, wrapping the pipe with warm towels, propping a space heater near the pipe for an hour, wrapping the pipe with electric heating tape, or if you don’t have plastic piping, running a blowtorch along the frozen area of the pipe.
You can also pour boiling water down the frozen drain to melt the blockage by using a piece of rubber tube to reach the ice, and pouring hot water from a kettle down the tube.
Hopefully you can prevent a frozen drain, but use these tips to solve the problem quickly.