How to Thaw Frozen Pipes
Frozen pipes are a major bummer, especially in the winter time. Did you know that you can thaw frozen pipes with a standard household hair dryer? And can you believe that it's actually extremely safe? Well you better start believing, because this is real.
Step 1 - Turn On The Faucet
Turn on the faucet closest to the frozen pipes. This will let the melting ice drain. Close the main water shut off valve about 75% of the way off.
Step 2 - Blow Dry the Frozen Pipes
Heat the frozen pipes with a hair dryer. This is one of the safest ways to thaw frozen pipes, believe it or not. Aim the hair dryer a few inches away from the frozen pipes. Begin at the base and work your way up the frozen pipes, one pipe at a time. Make sure to begin thawing the pipe with the open faucet.
Step 3 - Open The Shutoff Valve
Open the main shutoff valve all the way when water begins to trickle out of the faucet. The flowing water will help speed up the thawing process.