Quickest Ways to Thaw Frozen Pipes
The quickest way to thaw frozen pipes in Michigan is to use a portable electric heating device, such as a pipe thawing machine, a portable heater or a heat lamp. These devices work by applying heat directly to the frozen pipe, which causes the ice inside to melt. It’s important to use caution when using heating devices, as they can be a fire hazard if not used properly.
Before using a heating device, it’s important to locate the frozen section of the pipe. This can usually be done by feeling for a section of the pipe that is cold to the touch, or by identifying an area where there is no water flow. Once the frozen section of the pipe has been identified, you can begin thawing it.
When using a pipe thawing machine, you’ll need to clamp the machine onto the pipe and turn it on. The machine will then use electricity to generate heat, which is transferred to the pipe and melts the ice inside. A portable heater or heat lamp will be used similarly. Make sure the heater or lamp is close enough to the pipe that heat is effectively applied but also maintain enough distance to prevent overheating or combustion.
Monitor the Progress
It is important to monitor the progress of the thawing process, and to keep checking for leaks as the ice melts. Once the thawing is complete, you should run water through the pipe to flush out any remaining ice or debris.
Insulate Your Pipes
One thing you can do to prevent frozen pipes in the future is to insulate your pipes, especially if they run through unheated areas of your home, such as the attic or garage. Another way is to keep your home temperature above freezing, even when you’re away. When at home during an extreme winter weather event, let an inside faucet slightly drip and open cabinet doors to allow heat to circulate in and around the pipes.
Call Kotz for Help With Frozen Pipes
It is also important to call a licensed plumber like those employed by Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, if you are not comfortable or familiar with the process.
A Kotz plumber will assess the problem and inform you if there’s any damage that needs to be fixed. Whether you need help with thawing frozen pipes or any other plumbing repair, schedule an appointment with Kotz Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.
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