What is pipe freezing?

Pipe freezing is a technique used in the plumbing industry that lets us work on your pipes without having to turn off the water supply. Essentially, we create a temporary ice plug inside your pipe system to stop the water flow. This allows us to carry out repairs or maintenance on a section of your piping without affecting the rest of your system.

This method is not only smart but efficient, especially when working on complex plumbing systems where a disruption in flow is inconvenient and/or costly. 

Some of the many advantages associated with pipe freezing include:

pipe freezing project of D&S Plumbing Group

We're here to help

At D&S Plumbing Group, we’re more than just a service provider; we’re your partners in ensuring that your plumbing needs are met with the utmost precision and care. We pride ourselves on getting the job done right the first time, everytime. 

Our team is armed with extensive knowledge and experience, and specialise providing robust solutions to even the most challenging plumbing issues. From the moment we start on your project to the moment we’re done, our focus is on delivering service excellence and making sure that your plumbing system functions flawlessly. 

With D&S Plumbing Group, you’re choosing a team that values reliability, honesty and thoroughness, ensuring that every job, big or small, is carried out to the highest standard. Our expertise isn’t just about fixing problems, however; we’re also about understanding your needs and providing maintenance and support to prevent issues before they arise.

Our pipe freezing process

Initial Assessment

Every pipe freezing job begins with a thorough assessment of your plumbing system. We evaluate the area where the work is needed to ensure pipe freezing is the best approach.


Once we've determined that pipe freezing is the way to go, we prepare the relevant section of the pipe for freezing. This involves isolating the area and ensuring that any sensitive equipment or materials are protected.

Freezing the Pipe

Using specialised equipment, we apply a controlled freeze to the water inside the pipe, forming a solid ice plug. This plug acts as a temporary barrier, allowing us to work on the system without draining it.

Maintenance or Repairs

With the ice plug in place, our team carries out the necessary maintenance or repairs. Our expertise ensures that the work is done quickly and effectively, minimising any possible impacts on your system.

Thawing the Pipe

After the work is completed, we carefully thaw the ice plug, returning the pipe to its normal function. Throughout this process, we monitor your system to ensure a smooth transition back to operation.

Final Inspection and Cleanup

We conduct a final inspection to ensure the integrity of our repair and your system as a whole. Our team then cleans up the work area, leaving it as we found it, if not better.

We service homes and businesses across Brisbane

Pipe freezing services offer a unique solution for both residential and commercial properties looking to conduct repairs or maintenance without interrupting their water supply.

This technique is especially game-changing for any setting where shutting down the entire water system would be impractical or costly.

smilling D&S Plumber after a pipe freezing service

Why choose D&S Plumbing Group?

Minimal Disruption

Our approach to pipe freezing means your water supply remains uninterrupted. This is especially beneficial for businesses and institutions that cannot afford to lose access to water, even for a short period of time.

Cost-Effective Solutions

By choosing us, you're opting for a service that saves you money in the long run. Our pipe freezing techniques reduce the need for extensive system draining and refilling, cutting down on labour and resource costs.

Safety First

Safety is our top priority. We meticulously plan and execute each pipe freeze to ensure there's no risk to your property or plumbing system. Our team follows strict protocols to protect both the integrity of your pipes and the wellbeing of those within the property.

Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed

At the heart of our service is a commitment to ensuring your complete satisfaction. We listen to your needs, communicate clearly throughout the process, and ensure the job is done right the first time. Our friendly, professional team is dedicated to providing a positive experience from start to finish.

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Our plumbing frequently asked questions

The duration of an ice plug’s effectiveness can vary, but typically, it lasts long enough for us to complete our necessary maintenance or repairs — which is usually a few hours. The precise time depends on the pipe’s size and the ambient temperature of the area.

We closely monitor the ice plug throughout our servicing process to ensure it remains solid and effective until the work is complete.

Yes, pipe freezing is safe for drinking water pipes. The process is completely chemical-free, using only the physical properties of water to create the ice plug. This means there’s no risk of contamination or adverse effects on your water’s quality. Once the work is completed and the ice plug is thawed, your water supply will be as clean and safe as it was before.

Yes, pipe freezing is an excellent solution for system expansions or modifications. It allows sections of the plumbing to be isolated without disrupting the entire system, making it possible to add or modify pipes as needed. This approach is particularly useful in complex plumbing networks where maintaining water supply to parts of the system is crucial.

While pipe freezing is a versatile and effective technique, there are a few situations where it might not be the best option. Extremely large pipes or those in areas with very high ambient temperatures may pose challenges. Our initial assessment will determine the feasibility of using pipe freezing for your specific situation.

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