Safely thawing your pipes

All this month, we’ve been offering helpful tips for how to winterize your home’s plumbing system. However, sometimes with the busyness of the holiday season, you put off winterizing those pipes just a little too long, and wake up one morning with the sad realization that your pipes have frozen overnight.

Take heart! We’re still here for you. Dauenhauer Plumbing has professional thawing equipment on hand to unfreeze your pipes. So if you’d like us to take care of it for you, just give us a call. However, if you’d like to try to take care of it yourself first, here are a few tips:
  • If water doesn’t come out of your faucet, leave it on until pipes thaw and water comes out (if you can stay near by)
  • Purchase heat tape at local home improvement store which plugs into 110 outlet. It wraps around pipe (assuming you’re dealing with copper or metal pipes, NOT plastic) and heats the pipe to prevent freezing, but it can also thaw frozen pipes.
  • Don’t thaw pipes with flame or blowtorch
  • You can thaw pipes with a hair dryer
  • Know where your master shut off valve is
  • Check that your sump discharge lines are clear at the point water exits
We hope these tips for thawing your pipes are helpful--in fact, we hope you don’t ever need them! But if you do find that you need professional help thawing out frozen pipes this winter, call Dauenhauer, any hour. Our fast, friendly, reliable plumbing techs will be out to help get things moving again.