With the cold winters of Boise comes potential problems for homeowners, including the possibility of their plumbing pipes freezing. This is actually a common occurrence, but it doesn’t make it any easier to fix. In fact, in many situations, it can cause serious danger to your plumbing pipes. When this happens, you need to recognize what steps you need to take in order to help remedy the situation. Here’s what you can do if your Treasure Valley home has frozen pipes.
Thawing Frozen Pipes
Before you start anything, make sure the faucet is opened so any of the steam produced can escape. Here are some of the thawing options you can utilize to help fix the situation.
- Using hot water. This is probably the most popular option to thaw the frozen pipes. It is also the safest. For the most effectiveness, wrap the pipe with a burlap bag or some kind of heavy towel. Place a bucket under the pipe and pour hot or boiling water over the material.
- Use a heat source. Some people may opt to use a space heater, heat lamp, or hair dryer to melt the frozen ice on the pipes. These are not the quickest methods, but they are effective and don’t have the same mess of pouring water on the pipes.
- Use a propane torch. Don’t look for the biggest option, but if you have a smaller propane torch and you move the flame consistently over the ice, you can start to melt it. Be very careful not to harm yourself or cause damage to the pipe. If the pipes are plastic, avoid this method.
If you are unable to thaw the pipe on your own, the problem may be deeper than initially expected. Whenever this happens, you should reach out to an experienced plumber who can come out and assess the situation, then provide the remedy necessary to fix everything.
At Mr. Rooter of Boise, we are dedicated to helping our customers when they need us most. There are plenty of things that can go wrong when the pipes are frozen. The best option is to act quickly and get the help you need to find the solution.
Call us today about your situation and we’ll do what we can to help you as soon as possible.