How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

Johnathan Rapp By Johnathan Rapp, 13th Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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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.


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author avatar Jerry Walch
13th Nov 2010 (#)

Good tip Johnathan but a commercial hot air gun, the kind used to strip paint or install heat shrink tubing works even better because they get even hotter. Commercial hot air gun are relatively inexpensive and if you live in an ares where frozen pipes are a common problem, they are a good investment. Home centers and most large hardware stores sell them.

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16th Nov 2010 (#)

Great info!

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