How do you thaw frozen pipes?

water is coming out of all my faucets/ shower, except my kitchen faucet, and the basement faucet directly under my kitchen.

  7 answers
  • Judy B. Judy B. on Jan 01, 2018
    On the weather channel now if available, Mon Jan 1. 945 am

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Jan 01, 2018
    If you can get under your house - use a blow dryer to heat them up. And then wrap them with insulation while you are down there.

  • Jennasdomain Jennasdomain on Jan 01, 2018
    The safest way is to. Use a hairdryer, then get a heat tape from the hardware store. Use insulating pipe wrap. Then when you get it thawed out, let a small stream of water flow if temps get lower than freezing! most times the electric heat tape will thaw pipes very quickly!

  • Gale Allen Jenness Gale Allen Jenness on Jan 01, 2018
    Open your cabinet doors and let it heat up inside! You can try a hair blower to heat up pipes as well, but be prepared if you have a busted pipe to shut your water off once it melts it could spray water everywhere! Always keep your cabinet doors open in cold temperatures outside and let the faucet drip a fairly good drip or small stream to avoid freezing in the future! If you can wrap pipes with insulation that may help your problem too?

  • DW DW on Jan 01, 2018
    Hair dryer and DO NOT heat directly over the frozen area, heat both sides of it if possible. Heat tape helps if applied before freeze,, leave cabinet doors open and small fan blowing room air into cabinets. its possible the water could be frozen at the main before it enters your home if on city water. stuff insulation in hole around meter helps.
    insulate the water line where it enters your basement from outside with pipe insulatio, it’s real cheap.

  • 62q10370829 62q10370829 on Jan 01, 2018
    When you get water going let it drip a tiny bit at night so it won't freeze again.make shore plug is away from drain so no over flow.

  • Eleanor Korf Eleanor Korf on Jan 01, 2018
    Assuming the pipes are exposed
    you can use a heat gun to melt the ice, or you can wrap the pipes in hot wet towels -- repeating the process until the ice has melted (great patience is required). A hair dryer or an electric heater directed at the pipe MIGHT work. You might be able to pour very hot water into the clogged drain to melt the ice but that is just a guess on my part. If those pipes are exposed they need to be wrapped in insulation. If this is an on-going problem you may need to open the walls and insulate the pipes.