How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

In the middle of winter, many homeowners may discover that their pipes have frozen over. A-1 Sewer and Septic Service, Inc. recently posted a blog explaining how to prevent pipes from freezing, but in the event that it occurs, it is important to know how to thaw the pipes. Pipes that are not thawed can preventing you from accessing water or rupture the pipe and cause serious damage.

Thawing Frozen Pipes on Your Own

If you find your home’s pipes frozen, there are a number of ways you can work to unfreeze them and minimize any damage. The first step that should be taken is to open up faucets in the house, allowing the steam or water created by the thawing to escape without putting even more pressure on the pipes. The next step is to begin thawing the pipe starting from the faucet and working towards the other end to prevent steam and water from becoming trapped.

Some ways to thaw pipes include:

  • Using a hair dryer or a heat gun
  • Wrapping hot rags around the pipe and repeating until thawed
  • Applying heat tape to the pipe
  • Increasing the internal temperature of the home
  • Use a space heater near the pipes

Be careful when thawing pipes. Dealing with extreme hot or cold temperatures requires an additional level of care to ensure that you are not injured in the process. Wear gloves and keep extreme heat away from your skin or anything that may catch fire when as you work.

As you are employing these methods to defrost the pipes in your home, pay attention to see if any of the pipes burst. If they do, turn off the water immediately and call a plumber at A-1 Sewer & Septic, Inc. Our plumbers can provide the service you need to get through the winter!

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