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Water Pipes freeze because any left over water contained inside them expands and puts pressure on the pipe and this can occur with both plastic and copper pipes. At RW Plumbing we are often called out to homes and businesses where frozen pipes have burst.

Prevention is always better than cure and the damage this can cause when it happens along with the inconvenience and expense can be avoided. We recommend checking any pipes that are exposed to the elements like outdoor taps, pool supplies, garden sprinklers and hot tub feeds. Even internal pipes that are touching outside walls can potentially freeze too, especially those in garages which are often not heated.

What if you have a frozen pipe?

If you open an outside tap and the water does not flow correctly then you most probably have a frozen pipe.  If this is the case then we recommend that you keep the tap running to release any pressure and prevent the pipes from bursting.  Any exposed pipewrok can be gently warmed using an electric heating pad or hair dryer.  You could even try wrapping hot towels around the pipes.

If pipes are not easy to reach then you should call a professional plumber.

To prevent any exposed pipes from freezing we recommend using pipe insulation that can easily be wrapped around and in most case will prevent them from freezing.

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