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.
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.
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.
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.