Have you ever had someone tell you to leave the faucet dripping so that the pipes don't freeze during the winter? That is because it is one of the most common winter-time problems for homes and commercial buildings. If you find yourself in this predicament, waking up in the morning to take a hot shower, only to find that no water comes out because your pipes are frozen, we'd like to offer some helpful tips for thawing a frozen pipe. Now there is a right way and a wrong way, so we'll focus on doing things right.
First, Find the Pipe
Finding the pipe can be much more challenging than it sounds. If you have a large house, you should start by looking in areas where pipes are exposed to cold air. For some examples, think of attics, unfinished parts of the house, basements, or pipes that connect to outer walls. Once you discover the right area, you may be able to identify the particular pipe by finding frost on the outside, although some pipes won't show any physical indications. If you have difficulty finding the pipe, please don't hesitate to give us a call.
Thaw that Pipe
Now, if you have hopefully found the pipe, it's time to take action. The best way to thaw a pipe, of course, is to apply heat, but please avoid open flames or blow torches, as the fire hazard is very high. Instead, turn up your heat and open all of your cupboards that contain pipes (like under the sink). This will allow that warm air to circulate into the water system. Now to combat the specific pipe, run a hair dryer very evenly over the frozen area. Make sure you do this evenly, or the pipe could burst. You can also use a space heater nearby but keep it at least three feet away from any walls or flammables.
If you should run into any problems while thawing your pipe, be sure to contact us and we'll be happy to help!