Healthy Home: Frozen Pipes

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This Healthy Home report is sponsored by Holland Heating and Cooling.

Frozen water pipes due to extremely low temperatures are very common here in Michigan, but it’s just the first step. The next step is busted water pipes, so when they freeze, you have to act quickly… and that’s where the trouble starts.

So what’s the fastest way to unthaw a water pipe? With a blow torch of course! Now, that’s also so the fastest way to burn down your home as we’ve seen a few times already this winter. Here are some better ways to handle frozen pipes, so you won't need a new house when you’ve finished.

Your water pipes didn’t freeze in a few minutes, so don’t expect them to unthaw in a few moments. To do this safely, this can take a few hours. Here are some safe suggestions:

• Use an electric blow dryer – Kept at a safe distance, this will work, but can also take the longest and wear your arm out holding it up for hours on end.

• Electrical Heat Tape – Once you’ve found the frozen area, this is a great solution and one you may want to keep on after the pipes are unthawed. This delivers heat directly to the affected areas and will unthaw the fastest.

• An Electric Heating Pad can come in handy if you aren’t up to running out for some heat tape, but you’ll need to know the precise section that the water is frozen in.

• Electric Space Heaters – Kept at a safe distance once again, will do the trick but may take a bit longer to work.

• Hot towels from can work be providing you have the patience to keep reheating and replacing them when they cool

• If none of the above seem to un-freeze your water supply, call a professional.

Frozen pipes aren’t the worst thing that can happen. Burning down your house trying to unthaw them can be. Never use a torch, and you’ll never be sorry you did, yeah buddy.

For more healthy home tips and videos, tune in next time. Working to keep your home healthy and safe, I’m Jeff Lee