Pipe Thawing Frozen Pipes
Thawing Frozen Pipes
If you wake up some frigid winter morning to find a water pipe frozen solid, call us and we’ll send a trained professional to the rescue!
We have professional electric pipe thawing machines that will quickly and safely thaw out that frozen pipe so that you can have water flowing again quickly!
You may think your entire plumbing system is in perfect working order and there is little or no chance of a pipe bursting and flooding your house. There is one situation, however, you may not have considered. Water that freezes during the winter in an unprotected pipe expands, and that expansion can rupture an otherwise sound pipe.
A frozen pipe is always an inconvenience, but it can actually result in a much more serious situation than just a temporary loss of water. By taking the proper preventive steps, you may never need to worry about thawing frozen pipes, or worse, repairing a pipe that bursts when the water in it freezes solid.
If you wish to attempt to thaw a frozen pipe yourself please follow the following instructions:
Thawing a frozen pipe yourself
Open faucet so steam produced by your thawing activities will be able to escape.
Start thawing pipe at faucet, and work back toward other end of frozen section. As you melt ice, water and steam will come out open faucet. If you started in the middle, steam produced by melting ice could get trapped and build up enough pressure to burst the pipe.
Probably the most popular and safest pipe-thawing option is to use hot water. Wrap and secure heavy towel or burlap bag around pipe to concentrate and hold heat against it. Place bucket under pipe to catch runoff water, and then pour hot water over towel. Be very careful not to scald yourself.
A heat lamp, hair dryer, or heat lamp may also help to unthaw a pipe. Please do not try a propane torch. The risk of fire and unsoldering a joint are not worth the effort. Caution: Never use torch or other direct high heat on plastic pipe.
For more information or to receive a free estimate, give us a call today.