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thawing frozen water pipes

5 Tips to Thaw Frozen Water Pipes in Winter

In those places where temperature falls regularly below freezing point, frozen pipe repair gets a regular thing. Each year, countless home owners call a plumber company to handle their frozen water pipes. A frozen pipe results in limited access to water for not just drinking but for routine cooking as well as washing along with other daily chore activities.

Your best bet is to resolve this issue or call a plumbing and heating professional to thaw the pipes and look at for damage. But, there are a few things you can do by yourself to prevent future frozen pipe issues.

1. Ensure that your pipe has not yet cracked as a result of freezing. Freezing of water results in its expansion which actually leads to cracks in the pipe. If your pipe has cracked, it is best to have it replaced/repaired from a plumber company. Normally, pipes that are available these days do not crack but simply get blocked.

2. When everything freezes, gas and air get stuck in the pipes. Turning the faucets on permits the air and gas to leave when they defrost. This is an easy, safe way to keep things from breaking. It is recommended that you keep the water running, hence forcing the water to keep moving, instead of letting it sit in the pipe and freeze.

3. If you notice that the slow drip has ceased, you may need to increase the flow slightly. Keep in mind that the faucets should be allowed to drip as long as temperatures are below the freezing mark. In addition, consider allowing all faucets to drip such as the showerheads and bathtub faucets.

4. To thaw the core of the pipe, many plumber companies recommend to wrap a towel across the pipe and pour hot water. This gives heat to the pipe and melt the hard chunks of ice. One can also utilize a handheld dryer to blow warm air to the part of the pipe that’s frozen in order to thaw it.

5. To thaw the remaining part of a frozen water pipe, you can also place a small room heater just beside the pipe, switch it on and leave it like this for about an hour. It will provide sufficient amount of heat to thaw the most frozen areas of pipe. Yet, stay a bit alert when you use the room heater

Professional plumbers also assert the importance of using electric pipe heating tapes to thaw frozen water pipes. People also tend to use plumbing torches for this purpose, but in case of ABS and PVC pipes, they hardly work. If nothing proves to be useful, contact for frozen pipe repair from a leading plumber company.