TIPS For Thawing Frozen Pipes:
Check pipes for water leakage or burst.
If pipes are leaking or have already burst, repairs are needed before you can attempt to thaw them.
FIRST- Shut off the water supply to the problem pipe. If you do not have a valve for a specific frozen line you'll have to shut off the water flow at the main water valve of your house.
SECOND- Open faucets in order to provide a location for the melting ice to flow.
CAUTION: BE CARFUL pipes are not heated too quickly and the water in the pipes does not boil, as the pressure of the resulting steam could cause bursting.
Be cautious that the pipes don't become too hot to touch; we suggest to wear protective gloves. If the pipes are plastic use special caution as they are prone to melting. When you are thawing the pipes, work from the faucet end back toward the frozen area.
Here Are Some DO-IT-YOURSELF Pipe Thawing Methods:
1- Use a hairdryer, focusing on the frozen area of the pipe. Always remember to work from the faucet (or valve) toward the frozen area.
2- Wrap rags around the pipe where it is frozen, and pour hot water on them. Make sure to keep pouring more hot water on the rags to keep them hot.
3- Wrap a grounded heat-strip around the frozen pipe.
4- Cautiously direct a space heater ( no closer than 3 ft ) toward the frozen area of the pipe in order to thaw the frozen pipe.
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