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Question DetailsAsked on 1/7/2017

Only one of my faucets is working, no other faucet has running water

The temperature dropped significantly, to freezing temperatures. Only one of the faucets in my home has running water. Only two toilets are flushing.

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You called it - frozen pipes, so you need to call a Plumber (or in cold areas, a specialty Sewer and Drain and Pipe Thawing service) - and be sure you get one who is experienced and licensed in repairing borken pipes, because if the pipe froze solid it may have split the pipe, mandating replacement of one or more sections.

Or DIY with heaters directing warm air into the areas that froze (like crawlspace) but bear in mind fire safaety, and do not put "hot" heat directly on any building materials or set a heater on or immediately near combustible materials. And do not use direct combustion heating under or in the house because of carbon monoxide threat.

And of course, unless this is very unusual weather for you, consider having the pipes insulated from the cold too.

And after the thawing, with all water demand and any circulating pumps and fans off (to eliminate noise), listen carefully at the faucets and pipes around the house to hear if there are any water running or hissing sounds which could indicate one or more leaks which are not visually evident, because commonly freezing of pipes causes a split which might only leak a little bit, not spray water all over like a thoroughly frozen pipe commonly does.

Immediate measure till plumber or thawer comes - open all faucets and water demand points and let a bit of water out to relive any excess pressure in the pipe - because pipoes break for two main reasons when they freeze. They can burst just from the pressure of the ice forming in the pipe, which can run 100-400 psi pressure commonly. But possibly equally commonly, when a pipe freezes two places and the two ice blockages "grow" towards each other, because ice takes up more space than water, it compresses the water between the two blockages. Since water is basically not compressible, it pressures the water up to sometimes several hundred psi, rupturing the pipe. Relieving the pressure by opening faucets (and if home, you can leave them slightly open to let pressure out as it builds up, and also to run water in the remaining pipes so they do not freeze as readily) - flush toilets which are working periodically too to move water in those pipes.

Also - after thawing - run all fauceets a bit to clear out pipes, and run a "junk load" in washer and dishwasher - towels or grub clothes or such in washer or even just a very quick 2 minute wash cycle with nothing in there to clear out rust or debris which the freezing may have loosened up in the pipes. Dishwasher run unimportant dishes or a short wash cycle without dishes but with normal soap. May also have to replace filter in any watar filtration system if pipe junk fills it up - you will have to wait and see if that is the case, but keep it in mind.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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