Below freezing temperatures have hit many parts of the U.S. recently, and the trend will likely continue for the rest of winter. In these frigid conditions, homeowners must take care to winterize their pipes and ensure that they aren't affected. However, if your pipes do become frozen, here are a few tips to help thaw them out and avoid extensive damage.
There are a few things that you'll need to get before you start thawing out your frozen pipes. It's a good idea to have a mop, bucket and some towels on hand, just in case the pipe has cracked and there's a leak. Shut off the water supply to the affected section of plumbing, and ensure that you have all of your tools ready if the pipe bursts to minimize potential water damage.
The heat source you use can make all the difference. Thawing out exposed pipes is much easier to handle. You can use a heat lamp, electric heat tape, a portable heater or even a hair dryer. Be sure to place a cookie sheet behind the pipe to reflect the heat and thoroughly thaw out the pipe. Homeowners should not use a propane torch on frozen pipes, as it's a potential fire hazard.
If you think that your pipes may be cracked or that the freeze has impacted large parts of your home, call your local Staten Island Roto-Rooter plumbing expert. They have the tools and expertise to determine the extent of the damage and thaw out pipes appropriately no matter where they're located.