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Thawing Frozen Pipes

Do you know what to do if you find your pipes frozen? It’s best to be prepared in case this happens to you this winter.

Follow these steps from Mr. Rooter Plumbing of The Hudson Valley to safely thaw the frozen pipes:

  • First, you need to turn off the water at the shut-off valve.
  • Next, you need to open the faucet at the lowest point in the house. If you have a basement, we recommend a faucet there. When you do this, it allows water to drain out as the ice melts. (a basement, allows water to drain from the entire house to the lowest point.)
  • Finally, you can heat the exterior of the pipe with a hair dryer. Be sure you apply heat slowly, and don’t keep heat in one spot. Move the hair dryer back and forth like you do when you’re drying your hair.

Do NOT attempt to thaw exposed frozen pipes with an open flame, such as an acetylene torch. This could generate a spark or cinder that could cause a fire, especially in enclosed areas.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of The Hudson Valley has a thawing machine that will slowly defrost a frozen pipe by sending a low voltage electric current through the pipe. This gently thaws the ice with no danger of fire from a torch or other open flame device.

Our Mr. Rooter plumbers are on call 24/7, and we don’t have overtime charges – even on holidays. Not even after a big freeze.

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