How To Thaw Frozen Pipes

During winter, water supply may be compromised by the frost. So don’t wonder, if you turn the faucet and only a trickle comes out. Most likely it is a frozen pipe. Here are some tips you may use to defrost them.

The most likely candidates from the pipes to freeze are the ones that run outside,along the exterior of your house, as well as where your water service enters your home at the foundation. Here is some advice about what you can do.

Keep the faucet open. As you treat the pipe and it will begin to defrost, water will begin to flow through it. Running water will facilitate the melting process within the pipe. Apply heat to the section of a pipe. This can be done by wrapping electric heating pads around the pipe, a hairdryer or a portable space heater. The last one is to be kept away from flammable materials. You may also wrap the pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Cleaners Westcombe Park prohibit using blowtorches, kerosine or propane heaters or any other flame device. A blowtorch can make the water boil within the pipes and they are very likely to explode.

If the freezing is the problem and not some sort of a clotting, apply the heat until the regular water flow is restored. If you are either unable to locate the frozen area, or unable to reach it, call a professional plummer. If you have noticed that one of the faucets runs badly – check the others as well. If one pipe has frozen so may have the others.

If you wish to prevent this in the future, you may consider relocating exposed pipes. It can be done by a professional if the home is remodeled. Also adding insulation to the attic and the basements, as well as the crawl spaces can maintain higher temperatures in those areas, thus keeping the pipes warm.

For advice on unclothing the pipes contact cleaners Westcombe Park. They are excellent experts, and will deal with the problem in no time.