It’s not uncommon to find frozen pipes during winter in Minnesota. So many things can cause it, including:
- Colder-than-average temperatures (below-freezing)
- Ice dams that push the water to the side of your house
- Insufficient insulation on pipes
There are two ways of dealing with frozen pipes:
1. Thawing it on your own
So, how do you thaw frozen pipes? Here are the five steps:
- Ensure no one is using the water from the pipe.
- Shut off the water valve for the frozen pipe by turning on the main valve for your house.
- Open the faucet connected to the frozen pipe and wait for it to drain.
- Please turn on the water again, giving it some pressure. This will help you break up any ice clogging up your pipes.
- After 5-10 minutes, turn off the water valve, close the faucet, and check if your pipe is thawed yet. Repeat these two steps until they are thawed (this can take a while).
- As you do that, you can warm the pipes up using a space heater or hair dryer, but ensure that the space heater is not too close to your lines.
- The last step is checking if the freezing caused any leaks. If there is, you will need to call a professional
2. Letting a professional handle it
The safest option is to contact or hire a plumber, especially if you cannot do it yourself.
You should also call an expert if the pipes are hard-frozen and you can’t thaw them.
Using heat is an excellent option when your pipes are frozen, but be careful not to burn yourself.
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