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Pipe Thawing 101: Reviving Frozen Pipes Safely
When freezing temps lock up your plumbing, learn the safe steps to thaw and restore your pipes’ flow!

How to Thaw Frozen Pipes and Prevent Damage

When temperatures drop below freezing, water pipes in homes can freeze, leading to reduced water pressure, leaks, or even bursting pipes. Here’s what you can do:

Identifying Frozen Pipes:

  • Reduced water pressure, leaks, or no water flow from faucets could indicate frozen pipes.
  • Trace the affected pipe back to the specific area—look for frost or ice formation.

Thawing Frozen Pipes:

  1. Turn On Faucet: Keep a faucet slightly open to relieve pressure if a pipe is frozen.
  2. Expose the Pipe: Find the frozen area, possibly by cutting into the wall or ceiling, and identify why it froze.
  3. Apply Heat Gradually: Use a hair dryer, heat tape, or space heater directed at the frozen section.
  4. Check for Leaks: After thawing, inspect the pipe for damage or leaks.
  5. Call a Plumber If Needed: If there’s a burst pipe or significant damage, turn off the main water supply and seek professional help.

Preventing Frozen Pipes:

  • Insulate pipes in cold areas or unheated spaces.
  • Use heat tape or a space heater to maintain optimal temperatures in vulnerable areas.
  • Regularly check areas prone to freezing, especially when away from home for extended periods.

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