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How to Safely Thaw a Pipe (PLUS Something You Should Seriously Avoid)

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

With Fall coming in fast, there’s no denying it is getting cold in Wood County! So this is a little reminder that if you’re pipes are starting to freeze it’s important to correctly thaw them otherwise you may be putting your pipes at risk of cracking. A cracking pipe can create much bigger problems.

1. Turn off the Water Supply

Turn off the water supply to the section of the house where the frozen pipe is. If this isn’t possible, turn off the entire house. This is because frozen water may be acting as a plug, backing up the water, putting pressure on the pipes, risking a burst or crack.

2. Have a mop, bucket at towels on the ready

This is just in case of a leak. At times there may be a leak (minor or major) and it’s important to catch the water before it goes too far and wide.

3. Use a space heater, heat lamp or hair dryer

Using these appliances will help the pipe to slowly, and safely thaw out. It’s important to avoid using a propane torch because the propane torch can be a high risk for fire.

[Another option]

Wrapping the pipes with thermostatically controlled heat tape (prices range from $50 to $200, depending on the length you’re needing) is a really neat and effective way to thaw out frozen pipes (but more pricey than the methods in point 3.

We hope this has helped. Keep safe this fall and winter and a happy thanks giving from the team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties.

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