Frozen pipes in the winter can be a major problem if you’re not prepared or don’t know what to do. The water in pipes may freeze when the outside temperature falls below zero, and remains at this temperature long enough to penetrate pipes entering a property. The pipes leading through a basement or exterior wall are most likely to freeze.
Thawing the pipe is trickier than it sounds, because you need to do it in a way that won’t compromise or burst the pipe. You must also take into consideration what kind of pipes you are dealing with.
Propane torches are the most effective way of thawing a pipe. However, they are extremely dangerous and should not be used without previous experience. They could do damage to the pipe and may also start a fire if used incorrectly.
But if it’s plastic pipes you’re looking to thaw, then a hairdryer can be quite useful. Fire would, of course, melt the plastic and cause more hassle than it’s worth.
Whatever method it is that’s used, slow and steady movements are the key, so heat is distributed evenly. This means the ice will melt without the pipes cracking or bursting.
Interior pipes can also be thawed using a hairdryer or by turning on a faucet and letting the natural warm air clear the problem. This is really effective for pipes under kitchen sinks or in the bathroom.
Thawing pipes is time consuming and patience is required. If you’re attempting to thaw by other means than hot air, you need to be careful about compromising the piping.
But you may find your best bet is to contact a plumber to sort the problem for you. You can get free quotes to thaw frozen pipes from professional vetted plumbers here.