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Frozen Drain Pipes

Frozen drain pipeIn the winter, it's important to be on the lookout for frozen drains and pipes throughout your home. Turning on the heat may warm up your rooms, but water lines need extra care.

Look for the signs of frozen drain pipes before things get dangerous:

Faucet or Drain Has an Odd Smell

This is a quick and easy way to find out if you have a frozen drain. If pipes are blocked, the odor can only escape one way. So if your sink doesn’t smell normal on a winter day, you may have frozen drain pipes.

No or Little Water Flow

If there is no strange smell coming from your drain, the next way to check for a frozen drain pipe is the water pressure from the faucet. Little to no water coming out of the faucet is a clear indication that the water pipe leading to your sink may be frozen.

Pipes Are Lined with Frost

Another sign can be found by checking the pipes under your sink. Water pipes that are actively seen are more likely to become coated with frost when they are frozen. Other places to check in your home for frozen drains are water pipes on exterior walls as well as in your attic and basement.


December through February can be rough on water lines in Northeast Ohio homes. Whether you need help thawing your frozen pipes or fixing one that burst, the expert plumbers at Superior Drainage can help. Give us a call or contact us for any of your plumbing and drainage needs.