Yikes, you suspect some of your pipes might be frozen. You want to unfreeze them yourself but are not entirely certain how to go about doing that. While it’s important to thaw out frozen pipes quickly, it’s more important to thaw these pipes correctly. Read below for quick tips on thawing a frozen pipe:
Locate the Frozen Pipe
The only way you can begin to thaw out the pipe is to locate exactly which pipe(s) are frozen. While walking throughout your house, turn on the faucets. If water is not coming out or there is only a slow trickle of water coming out, then more than likely the pipe is frozen. Check out exposed pipes, if they have a bulge or there appears to be frost on them, then they should be treated as frozen as well.
Open the Faucet
It’s highly important that before attempting to thaw out the pipes, you relieve the pressure. This means, opening both hot and cold faucets. If the faucets are not open, the pressure will build potentially leading to a burst pipe.
Begin the Thawing Process
Always begin the thawing process at the faucet and work your way down. Thawing away from the faucet will cause for the water to become trapped and not escape the pipes thoroughly.
Thawing Enclosed Pipes
Enclosed pipes are pipe in areas that are not easily accessible. There are really only a few options for thawing out these pipes
Thawing Exposed Pipes
Exposed pipes are pipes located in areas that are easily accessible. While utilizing any of the options below, its recommended to continue applying heat to the frozen area until the water coming out of the faucet is at full strength.
There are a few risks of thawing out the pipes on your own. If you are not taking proper precautions when working with electrical appliances, it’s possible a fire can start. We highly recommend proper precautions are taken and contact with water is prevented. If the pipe is not thawed out properly, it could in turn cause a pipe to burst. In the event this happens, check out the post on What To Do When Pipes Freeze.
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