When water freezes in a pipe, it expands similarly as a can of soda explodes if it’s put into a freezer to chill quickly. If it expands enough, the pipe will burst and lead to serious damage result. Cold temperatures can cause water pipes to freeze. Freezing in a pipe creates a lot of pressure inside the pipe and can cause the pipe to burst and likely lead to serious flooding, especially when there’s no one around to turn off the water. The best anticipation against frozen pipes is keeping them sufficiently warm to remain at the freezing point.
Freezing pipes do not only happen in cold climates. It is a common misconception that frozen pipes are an issue only for homes in typically cold climates. In any case, the homes that are more vulnerable to frozen pipes, in reality, are those in normally warmer climates. This is due to the pipes that may not be properly insulated against frigid temperatures, or they may be located in unprotected areas. Abnormally cold weather puts these pipes at risk. Wherever you reside, you need to stress just over the water supply pipes, not the drain pipes. Drain pipes carry waste water, but they do not hold water and are not pressurized like water pipes, so freezing inside drains is not a concern.
One of the earliest indications of a pipe freezing is when you do not see any water coming out when you turn your tap on. If you notice that, you can check to see whether the water is still turned on or off and that you do not have a leak. When you have affirmed these two things, proceed your inspection to ensure one of your pipes has not burst.