A frozen copper pipe

The Do’s and Don’ts of Dealing with Frozen Pipes

Last month, we talked about preparing your pipes for winter and we hope you heeded our advice! If you didn’t and your pipes are suddenly a little worse for wear, we thought we’d offer you some follow-up advice just in case.

Here’s what you need to know if your pipes have frozen at the sight of old man winter:

Do: Thaw the Pipes with a Hair Dryer or Space Heater

The safest way to warm up frozen pipes is to use a hair dryer or space heater. Start by warming up the pipe closest to the faucet and work your way towards the frozen blockage. Keep in mind, though, that you should be careful not to let your hair dryer or space heater come into contact with water to avoid any electrocution hazards.

Don’t: Use a Torch of any Kind to Warm the Pipes

While a torch may seem like a great idea to warm up a frozen pipe, it couldn’t be more dangerous! This kind of open flame presents a very scary fire hazard, so it should never be considered an option. After all, a burst pipe is far less devastating than a home going up in smoke.

Do: Shut off the Water Supply to the Frozen Pipe

When pipes freeze, the ice expands beyond the confines of its enclosure, causing it to crack or burst. The last thing you want to do is to thaw out your pipes only to create a larger mess within your home. Turn off the water supply to your home to prevent further damage.

Don’t: Forget to Call Roto Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service

If you’re not comfortable handling this kind of plumbing disaster on your own, be sure to call the experts at Roto Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service at 208-232-2458. We’ve been serving the Pocatello community for more than 80 years, and we’re looking forward to helping you solve your frozen pipe problems.

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