How can I thaw frozen pipes?
  • Shut off the water at the main shutoff valve and open the faucet nearest to the frozen pipe so it can drain as it thaws.
  • Use one of the following methods to gradually warm the frozen pipe. Be sure to work from the faucet toward the iced-up area.
  • Use the warm air from a hair dryer to gently defrost the pipe.
  • A heat lamp can be used for pipes behind walls, floors, or ceilings. Beam a heat lamp 8 or more inches from the surface. Use caution!  If no other method is available, wrap the pipe in rags and pour hot water on it.
  • Never use an open flame. It can heat the pipe too quickly and break the pipe. There is always risk of fire as well.

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1. How often is my meter read?
2. How do I prevent my pipes from freezing?
3. How can I thaw frozen pipes?
4. Who is responsible for fixing leaks?
5. How do I check for a leak?
6. How can I locate a leak?
7. Should I hire a plumber or do it myself?