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Gaston Rentals Shares How to Easily Thaw Frozen Pipes
There’s nothing more frustrating than going to turn on the faucet in the middle of winter and nothing comes out. Temperatures may have plummeted and due to poor insulation or a faulty thermostat, you find yourself faced with a frozen pipe. These situations need to be repaired immediately due to the fact that frozen water can exert over two thousand pounds of pressure per square inch which can quickly lead to not only pipe damage, but worse—the pipe rupturing and spraying water inside or outside of your home. After fixing your current problem, you may want to explore home heating tips to ensure it does not reoccur. However in the meantime, follow these simple steps to unfreeze home pipes.
1. Find the Frozen Pipe
Once you realize a pipe has frozen, the first step is to trace the pipes back from the closest nonworking faucet to find the frozen area. You may feel the pipe for areas of excessive cold, but you may also want to watch for frosted or bulging pipes. The most susceptible area for frozen pipes are located in outside walls, under sinks located in outside walls as well as unheated crawl spaces.
2. Inspect for Damage
As soon as you find the frozen area, you will want to inspect the pipe for damage. If the pipe is exhibiting signs of damage such as cracking or bulging out like a well fed python, you will want to call a professional immediately for assistance.
3. Turn Off the Water and Turn On the Faucets
Now you will need to turn off the water as well as turn on the faucets to that section of pipe. You want to stop the build-up of pressure as well as give the water a place to release to when you finally thaw your pipes.
4. Thawing Your Pipes
There are many options when it comes to thawing out frozen pipes. Remember—never use a flame torch. The heat from the torch has the potential to cause house fires.
You may want to wrap towels fresh from the dryer over the frozen area or another method involves heating the towels with hot water and covering the frozen pipe. Either option may require multiple change outs of the towels at hand.
You may also want to place a space heater near the frozen pipes and crank up the heat. You can rent a space heater or radiant heater from a local rental store or a personally owned space heater. A radiant heater heats only the object at which it is pointed. Patience is required with this method.
You can also use a blow dryer to directly blast heat onto the frozen area. If you are using a hair dryer, ensure you point the heat at the end of the pipe leading directly to the nearest faucet so the water can escape and release the pressure already built up.
Another option for warming your pipes involves a quick trip to the local hardware store. After you purchase heating tape, you simply follow the instructions to apply it to the pipe. This tape should only be used in single layers.
While you may need to follow some home heating tips to ensure this issue doesn’t reoccur, when you need to unfreeze home pipes follow these four simple steps and you should be successful in your endeavors.