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Jan 18, 2024

Tips to Prevent and Thaw Frozen Pipes

Your water pipes and sewer lines can freeze in cold winter weather. Frozen pipes can be more than just an inconvenience; they can lead to burst pipes, reduced water pressure, and costly repairs. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to prevent your pipes from freezing when outside temperatures plummet. In this blog post, the professional plumbers at Rooter Man Plumbing explain how to prevent pipes from freezing and how to thaw frozen pipes safely.

How To Thaw Frozen Pipes

When faced with frozen pipes, it’s important to act quickly to prevent them from bursting and causing significant water damage. Here are some methods you can consider:

Apply Gradual Heat

The following are some of the methods you can use to apply gradual heat to frozen pipes:

  • Hair dryer: Use the lowest setting and direct the warm air at the frozen section of the pipe, moving back and forth to avoid overheating.
  • Heating pad: Wrap a heating pad around the pipe and secure it with tape. Leave it on until the pipe thaws.
  • Warm towels: Soak towels in hot water, wring them out slightly, and wrap them around the frozen pipe. Replace them with fresh, hot towels as they cool.
  • Space heater: Place a space heater near the frozen pipe, but not directly touching it, to increase the ambient temperature in the area.

Increase Water Flow

Slowly open the faucet nearest the frozen section. The pressure and movement of water may help push through the ice blockage. Remember to open the faucet only slightly to avoid bursting the pipe.

Call a Professional Plumber

If you’re unsure about the location of the freeze, the severity of the situation, or the best thawing method, it’s always best to call a professional plumber. They have the expertise and equipment to safely and effectively thaw your pipes.

How To Prevent Your Pipes From Freezing

  • Insulate exposed pipes

This is your first line of defense against frozen pipes. Wrap vulnerable pipes, especially those in crawl spaces, attics, and near exterior walls, with pre-formed pipe insulation or foam sleeves. Ensure they fit snugly to prevent heat loss.

  • Seal the leaks

Look around pipes for cracks or gaps in walls, windows, or doors near them. Seal these openings with caulk or weatherstripping to prevent cold air from reaching the pipes.

  • Let faucets drip slightly

In extreme cold, open vulnerable faucets just enough to allow a slow, constant drip. This can keep water moving and prevent freezing.

  • Increase indoor temperature

Keep your home at a consistent, moderate temperature, even if you’re away for a short period of time. This will prevent rapid temperature drops that can freeze pipes.

  • Open cabinet doors

Unhinge or leave cabinet doors under sinks open to allow warm air to reach the pipes behind them.

  • Replace old pipes

Old pipes are prone to corrosion, rust, and leaks, which can lead to catastrophic bursts and extensive water damage. Replacing them before they fail can save you the headache and expense of emergency repairs. Repiping and pipe replacement can boost your water pressure, enhance water quality, and save you money on water bills.

Need Help With Thawing Frozen Pipes? Call Rooter Man Plumbing

Thawing frozen pipes the wrong way can lead to a variety of unfortunate consequences, ranging from minor inconveniences to major disasters. For instance, applying too much heat too quickly can cause the ice in the pipes to expand and crack the pipe itself. Also, using open flames or torches to thaw pipes is incredibly dangerous and can easily ignite nearby materials, leading to a house fire. If you’re not sure how to thaw frozen pipes, it’s advisable to call a nearby plumber to help you. Plumbers have the knowledge and experience to diagnose the exact location and extent of the freeze, ensuring they apply the right thawing method to avoid further damage. They understand the different types of pipes and their vulnerabilities, knowing exactly which methods are safe and effective for each case.

If you’re looking for skilled plumbers to help you thaw frozen pipes, reach out to Rooter Man Plumbing. We are a trusted name when it comes to residential and commercial plumbing services. Whether you’re in need of burst pipe replacement or repiping services, our licensed and highly trained plumbers are here to help.


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