Frozen Pipe Repair Videos By Joseph & Robert
Unfreeze Your Pipes With The Space Heater
If the water pipes that are frozen are located under the kitchen sink or in the bathroom vanity you can try to unfreeze your pipes by using a small space heater. What you will want to do is to open the cabinet door and turn the space heater towards the opening of the cabinet. You then will want to turn the space heater on. The space heater will warm the inside of the cabinet and the walls and most of the time the water pipes will unfreeze. This of course will only work if the pipes that are frozen are actually located in the area that the space heater is warming. You also will always want to never leave the space heater unattended and will want to shut it off if you leave the house.
When the winter weather sets in and the outside temperature drops below freezing for an extended amount of time there is a chance that some of your water pipe will freeze if they are exposed to the outside elements or not insulated. If your water pipes do freeze you are going to want to know how to unfreeze your pipes quickly and easily as possible. If you are handy you can unfreeze your water pipes yourself with a few basic things from around the house and maybe a few tools.Three Ways To Unfreeze Your Water Pipes
If you are not that handy or have physical limitations you alternatively may want to call a licensed plumber to unfreeze your water pipes for you. The plumber can bring specialty tools that will get your pipes unfrozen in no time. Depending on what is frozen and how long it takes the plumber to unfreeze the pipes will determine how much it will cost to do so. The average price for a professional licensed plumber to unfreeze your pipes is starts around $125.00.
Heat Tape Can Unfreeze Your Water Pipes
If you know the exact spot where the pipe is frozen and the pipe is not cracked you then can use heat tape to unfreeze the frozen water pipe. Heat tape is a specially made wire that you wrap around a pipe and then plug into an outlet and then the wire warms up keeping the pipe warm. Heat Tape come in different lengths and sizes to fit most residential and commercial applications. To install heat tape you simply just wrap the heat tape around the section of pipe that is frozen or the section that you want to protect from freezing and then you will want to plug the heat tape into your electrical source.
Using The Plumbers Torch To Unfreeze Your Pipes
If you have copper or steel water pipes you can use a plumbers torch to heat the frozen water inside of the pipe. You will want to make sure that you inspect the pipe for cracks or breaks before you unfreeze the pipe. You also will want to have experience using a torch before using this method to unfreeze your frozen water pipes. Once you locate the area of pipe that is frozen you will want to heat the pipe with the torch moving the heat back and forth. Make sure you apply a small amount of heat at a time to make sure that you do not over heat the pipe.
When the weather starts to get cold more and more people will begin to experience frozen plumbing pipes because of improper installation of the lines pipes or simply just because it was way to cold and preventive measure was not taken were it should have been to avoid this problem.
If you would like to know how to unfreeze pipes the you should first take a look at our Top Five Ways To UnFreeze Your Plumbing Pipes because that will give you some really effective ways to defrost your frozen plumbing. This guide will show you how to use everything from a portable space heater if your just an average homeowner that wants to do it themselves or if you are a professional plumber and want to use your B tank torch. Either way check out the guide and it is sure to give you some great tips.
In short there are a few things that we can tell you right now before you even get started unfreezing and thawing your pipes. If the pipe that is frozen is a water line you will want to shut the water source off now before the pipe winds up defrosting on its own and if it has damage from the freeze it will start to leak everywhere. This does not mean you have to shut your entire house or building down just locate what is frozen and then use the valve for that fixture or line.
For example, if the lines were frozen on your kitchen sink that was on the outside wall (which by the way is super common in many areas because the water lines were not insulated correctly) and you had a basement, you could go into the basement and shut the feed vales off that should be right under the kitchen. Most plumbers will install isolation valves in many areas of the house to make service calls easy.
Once you have located the water source you can use our handy guide that we mentioned about to unfreeze your pipes with regular household tools and supplies.
Also remember that if a drain line is frozen, you might not want to use that fixture until you unfreeze the actual waste line otherwise you could wind up with waste water or even possibly a sewage spill.
The Plumber will use different methods to unfreeze your pipes. Some of these methods include using a pipe thaw machine or a torch. Which are currently the most popular and widely used method by most plumbers.what does plumber do to unfreeze frozen pipes?
You can also read how to unfreeze your pipes by yourself if you like, or ultimately if you can always call a licensed plumber.
Its always best to protect your pipes before they freeze with pipe insulation or heat tape. If they are in an area that is not heated you might want to heat that are with a portable heater or some kinds of heater other wise you could be in trouble.
The plumber can usually unfreeze your pipes pretty quick but that also depends on how much pipe is frozen as well as what kind of damage was done when they were frozen