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How Can I Prevent Frozen Pipes?

You most likely have a frozen pipe if you turn on your faucet, and barely a trickle comes out. To solve this issue, we recommend trying these suggestions:
  • Maintaining the faucet open. Water will start to flow through the frozen section as the frozen area starts to thaw as you treat the frozen pipe. Ice in the pipe will begin to melt if water is run through it.
  • Using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from combustible things), or wrapping the pipes in towels soaked in hot water are all methods of applying heat to the piece of pipe. Use of a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, a charcoal stove, or any other appliance with an open flame is prohibited.
  • Heating the area until the water pressure is back to normal. Call a qualified plumber if you cannot find the frozen location, if it is inaccessible, or if you cannot defrost the pipe.
  • Examine every other faucet in your house to see if there are more frozen pipes. Other pipes could also freeze if one pipe does.
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