How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

What to do when your pipes freeze.

Frigid winter temperatures and loss of electricity in Texas home means high risk for frozen pipes.  H&M Plumbing and Drain has steps you can take for signs of frozen pipes. 

If you have water flow

If water from a faucet is slow, this may a sign of a frozen pipe. How to thaw your pipes: 

  • Leave the faucet on if there’s water flow. Small amounts of running cold water will help the ice melt in the pipe. 
  • Use a heating pad, space heater, or heat lamp near the frozen pipe. Apply heat such as warm towels and heating pad closest to the faucet to avoid building up pressure and bursting the pipe.
  • Use a hairdryer to warm the pipe by starting at the faucet and working up to the pipe.
  • DO NOT use a propane heater, blowtorch, or any other open flame device to thaw a pipe.
  • Contact a professional plumber who can repair your frozen pipes.

If you DON’T have water flow 

If you don’t have any water flow, this may be a sign of a frozen pipe. Steps to take:

  • Turn off the main water line leading to your house. Watch this video on how to shut off your water line:
  • Slightly open any faucets inside your house. Doing so will help reduce pressure on the frozen pipe and help decrease the chances of bursting pipes. If you are going to be leaving your home, this is important.
  • Use a heating pad, space heater, or heat lamp near the frozen pipe. Apply heat such as warm towels and heating pad closest to the faucet to avoid building up pressure and bursting the pipe.
  • Use a hairdryer to warm the pipe by starting at the faucet and working up to the pipe.
  • DO NOT use a propane heater, blowtorch, or any other open flame device to thaw a pipe.
  • Contact a plumber who can repair your frozen pipes.

Frozen pipes can create internal leaks and flooding inside walls. H&M Plumbing and Drain repairs and fixes internal leaks for homes and commercial buildings. Contact us with your plumbing questions.  Call us at 469-422-2218.

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