What to do When Your Pipes Freeze

Posted on: July 4th, 2011 by zach

What’s the best way to thaw frozen pipes?

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, you might suspect a frozen pipe.

Locate the suspected frozen area of  the water pipe. Likely places include pipes running against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation or call us for preventative measures.

Keep the faucet open and use a hair dryer to warm the pipe. As the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through. You can also use a heating pad or even hot towels wrapped around the pipes. None of these methods should be left unattended for any Richmond heating problem.

Do Not Do This

Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device. Remember, if one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

If you are unable to locate the frozen area; if the frozen area is not accessible; or if you can’t thaw the pipe, call us at 604.283.2383.

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