How to Treat Frozen Pipes

Published Date: March 9th, 2023 | Category: Plumbing Tips

Do you think you have a frozen pipe in your home? A frozen pipe can quickly turn into a plumbing emergency. Follow these steps to locate and fix the frozen pipe as soon as possible.

Locate the frozen pipe

If there is no water or only a trickle coming from a faucet in your home, the pipe leading to it is likely frozen.

Shut off water supply

The first thing you need to do if you suspect a frozen pipe is to shut the water off to the location of the frozen pipe to prevent a leak when the pipe thaws.

Open faucets

Opening the faucets will relieve pressure in the system and allow the water to escape once thawed.

Thaw the pipe

Use a hair dryer, portable space heater or hot towels to thaw the pipe. You should avoid using anything with an open flame.

Check for damage

Look the pipe over thoroughly to see if it bulged or split. If so, it will need to be repaired or replaced.

Restore water

Once the pipe is thawed, you can turn the water back on and check for any leaks.

How to treat a frozen pipe infographic

Call plumber

If you are not able to find the leak or fix the issue, or if the pipe leaks or bursts, you should call a professional plumber.

If you are dealing with frozen or burst pipes, All Ways Drains is on call 24/7 to help! Give our emergency plumber a call at 612-922-9422.