Water turning into ice is usually something to be enjoyed, like skiing on a frozen pond or ice cooling down your favorite drink. But frozen water becomes a problem when it occurs in your house’s plumbing. Fortunately, there are companies that can fix frozen pipes in Utah. You can do a few fixes yourself to solve the problem while waiting for their aid, though. Here are some of them:
1. Start from the Faucet to the Blockage
Locate the problem by first opening the faucet. If there’s no water or only a trickle or two come out, the ice blockage is near the faucet.
2. Keep the Faucet Open Before Thawing
As a safety precaution, you need to keep the faucet open before trying to thaw the plumbing fixtures. This is to remove any pressure that may build up once the ice turns to water and also to prevent the pipe from rupturing.
3. Start Thawing
To make it easier for water to escape, start thawing nearest the faucet. This will also help in preventing pressure from building up inside the pipes that can make them burst and cause another set of problems for you.
4. Use Simple Tools
They’re not even actual tools, but everyday things lying around the house. These include a hot towel, hair dryer, heat lamp, space heater (portable), and an electrical heat tape. Experts recommend caution when using electrical appliances such as hair dryers or heat lamps, as they can electrocute you when not used properly.
5. Thaw Hidden Plumbing
This is a little bit trickier and will require more effort on your part, as the blocked pipes are not exposed. You have three ways to do the thawing:
- Push the thermostat up so that the added heat will melt the ice blockage in your home’s water system.
- Put an infrared lamp in front of the wall where you suspect the frosted pipe is located. The infrared heat is possibly strong enough to melt the ice.
- If you have no other choice, take out the section of the wall fronting the pipe where the ice has accumulated. Once you find the blockage, you can use any of the four tools mentioned earlier.
If you can’t locate the blockage or unable to thaw the plumbing, then it’s time to call the plumber. There’s no shame in getting a professional to do the work, especially if the pipes have burst due to the pressure from the frozen water.