Easy Ways to Thaw Frozen Pipes
One common plumbing problem that most homeowners experience are frozen water pipes. This problem arises due to a cold weather. Frozen pipes are a common problem to people residing in regions with a cold climate. Ice – covered water pipe is a serious danger during winter season. Water expands when frozen but pipes don’t that causes a creation of too much pressure. There is a great possibility that a frozen water pipe will burst due to excessive pressure. It can lead to a high repair cost and a severe damage to your and toy our property.
- Locate the frozen pipes
- Turn on your faucets
- Prepare necessary materials
- Hair Dryer
- Heat Tape
- Towel and hot water
Frozen pipes are usually located in places where pipes are exposed to severe cold place. Check the pipes located outside your house and those that are positioned in or near an uninsulated area such as basements, tunnels and attics.
Turn on all your faucets. Leave your faucets slightly open if there are small drips coming out from the tap. Trickles from the tap can help in melting the ice and can minimize pressure in pipes that can lead to a serious rupture.
Once you found the location of frozen pipes, you can determine the materials that you will need. Common materials used in thawing a frozen pipe are the following: hair dryer, towels, hot water heat lamp, heater and heat tape. Using of propane torch can be a great help since it is not messy when pipes are thawed. But the thing is, there is a tendency of fire risks and explosions when you open flame devices such as propane torch, kerosene or blowtorch. So to avoid fire, might as well, keep yourself away from using these devices.
Hair dryer is the common material used in thawing frozen pipes. This is usually used for frozen pipes that are exposed and visible. Turn on the hair dryer and keep it moving back and for the near the frozen pipe. Avoid using heat guns or devices that produces stronger heat than heat dryer.PVC pipes cannot tolerate temperature as low as 140°F (60°C). Aside from using hair dryer, you can also use heat lamp.
Electrical heat tapes can be purchased in hardware stores. Apply it on the frozen pipe by wrapping the pipe with it in a single file. This tape contains heating elements that operates when turned on which can help in thawing the pipe.
One of the common and safest material used in thawing a frozen pipe is through the use of towel and hot water. Soak the towel in hot water. Immediately wrap the pipe with the soaked towel. Replace the towel with freshly soaked one every 5 – 10 minutes. Avoid leaving cold towels around the pipe since it can lead to further freezing on pipes.
Most household living in cold regions probably have this. You can simply turn your heater on for around 75° – 80°F (24° – 27°C). This can help you in thawing frozen pipes. Leave closet and cabinet doors so the air can circulate to the walls behind those doors.