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Thawing Frozen Pipes

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Here's advice from the American Red Cross on what to do to make the water run again.

1. Locate the suspected frozen area of the water pipe. (Hint: check pipes running against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.)

2. Keep the faucet open. As the frozen area begins to melt, the water flowing through the pipe will help melt more ice along the way.

3. Apply heat to the section of pipe. Options include an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials) or towels soaked in hot water that are wrapped around the pipes.

IMPORTANT

Do NOT use a blowtorch — it can make the water boil and cause the pipe to explode.

Do NOT use any type of open flame device (kerosene or propane heater or charcoal stove, for example.) All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger and severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.

4. Apply heat until full water pressure is restored.

5. Check all other faucets in your home in case other pipes are frozen. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

No Luck?

If you can’t locate or access the frozen area, or you aren't able tot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.

Plan Ahead

Avoid the "frozen pipe" issue in the future with these three strategies:

  1. Relocate exposed pipes so they can get more protection. Not sure how or where? Call in a professional.
  2. Add foam insulation wrap from your local hardware or home fix-it store directly to exposed pipes to maintain higher temperatures.
  3. Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces to maintain higher temperatures in these areas.

For more information, contact a licensed plumber or building professional.

Winter WeatherBlizzards Create a Winter Storm PlanGet ready for winter with these useful tips.Avalanche FAQsLearn the basics about avalanches. For more details go to PBS - NOVA Online and USFS National Avalanche Center.Winter Weather Advisories and WarningsWhen winter weather approaches, be safe, be smart! Stay alert to weather signs when the following advisories, watches or warnings are issued.Blizzard FAQsBe ready for blizzards with information from the National Weather Service.Thawing Frozen PipesIf you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Here's advice from the Red Cross on what to do to make the water run again.Getting Your Family Ready for WinterWhen winter hits, sometimes it hits hard! Listen to your local weather forecaster and read through the following tips to keep your family warm in winter weather.Ice Dams Prevention and RemovalWater dripping into your house in the middle of winter could be assign that you've got an ice dam. Here is what you need to know and do, courtesy of the University of Minnesota.Hypothermia and FrostbiteHypothermia (body's temperature below 95 degrees Fahrenheit) and frostbite (severe reaction to cold exposure that can cause permanent damage) are real dangers in cold weather. Here’s how to avoid both and what to do if they occur.When a Winter Storm Watch or Warning Is IssuedThreatening winter weather expected? Be safe, be smart and tune to your local radio or television stations for information and instructions. Then follow these tips.