How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

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Prevent pipes from bursting this winter by acting fast with these useful tips and tricks from your Helpful Hardware Folk. Check out the video above to learn how to help prevent pipes from freezing and fixing them when they do!

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

Exposed Pipes

  1. Find The Source
    •  You can do this by listening for water pressure build up, searching for condensation, and feeling for the extra cold area.
    • They usually occur in attics, basements, pipes laid against exterior walls, or the garage.
  2. Open Taps
    • Open all the taps connecting to that pipe line. This way, you know when the water starts to flow.
  3. Heat It Up
    • Take a metal cookie sheet and hold it behind the frozen pipes.
    • Grab a hairdryer or heat gun.
    • Holding the gun parallel, slow begin to heat up the frozen pipe.
      • The metal sheet will help reflect the heat and help give it an even distribution.
    • Be sure to start with the side leading to the tap. By heating the side further from the tap, you will begin to create pressure which can damage your pipes.

Behind The Walls

  1. Turn Up The Heat
    • Use your heating/cooling system to work within the walls. Turn up the heat to 80 Degrees.
    • Use a space heater pointing at the area the pipes are located.
      • Be sure the space heater will not get exposed to any moisture.
    • If the pipe springs a leak while thawing, turn off the water source connected.

Preventing Your Pipes From Freezing

  1. Insulate your pipes with Ace's Foam Pipe Insulation.
  2. Keep your heating/cooling system on at LEAST 55 Degrees.
  3. Open up cabinets under sinks or where pipes lay. Allow heat to circulate between them.
  4.  Leave all taps on a light drip.
  5. Keep garage door closed. This prevents the cold from creeping into small and vulnerable places.

For the tips, advice, and tools you need, visit your local Ace Store.

Published: 1/30/2020