Winter Hom Maintenace Checklist

Do’s and Don’ts of Dealing With Frozen Pipes

Winter is the time of year when homeowners are often forced to think about their plumbing system. Why? Because the potential danger of frozen pipes looms during the colder months. 

Knowing how to correctly navigate this winter plumbing challenge is key to protecting your home from damage. Here are the do’s and don’ts when dealing with frozen pipes from the experts at Cook Home Services.

The Do’s:

  1. Do Act Swiftly
    Frozen pipes are not something you want to take your time with handling. At the first sign of frozen pipes, take immediate action to prevent further freezing and potential bursting.
  2. Do Open Faucets
    Gently open the hot and cold water faucets to allow a trickle of water to flow. This helps relieve pressure in the pipes and can prevent them from bursting.
  3. Do Apply Gentle Heat
    Before you grab a torch to thaw your frozen pipes, we encourage you to take a gentler approach. Use a hairdryer or a warm towel to thaw the pipes safely.
  4. Do Seek Professional Help
    If you cannot thaw the pipes or suspect a burst pipe, contact a plumbing professional immediately for expert assistance.

The Don’ts:

  1. Don’t Use Excessive Force
    Never use excessive force when dealing with your plumbing, especially when frozen pipes are present. This can lead to potential bursting and further damage, which is costly to repair.
  2. Don’t Use Open Flames or Heat Guns
    Although tempting, avoid using open flames or heat guns to thaw pipes. These methods pose a fire hazard and can cause harm to you and your pipes.
  3. Don’t Ignore the Problem
    Frozen pipes are not an issue that should be swept under the rug. Address the problem as soon as you notice signs of freezing.
  4. Don’t Use Chemicals or Improper Solutions
    Avoid using chemicals or unconventional substances to thaw pipes. Not only are they dangerous, but they are proven to be ineffective.

Protect Your Home This Winter

By following these crucial do’s and don’ts, you can take proactive measures to mitigate potential damage from frozen pipes this winter. The best thing you can do amid a plumbing issue is call Cook Home Services! We are dedicated to keeping you and your family comfortable all winter long. To schedule your appointment, give us a call at  or schedule your appointment online.