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How to Thaw a Frozen Pipe

A frozen pipe doesn’t have to mean major trouble. You can keep your water flowing all winter long.


  • Step 1: Open all faucets Open all of your faucets to see if any water flows. If it does, run warm water through the pipes. This can help thaw a frozen spot in the pipes.
  • Step 2: Locate the frozen spot If no water flows, locate the most likely spots where pipes might freeze.
  • TIP: Check unheated basements, crawl spaces, and points where pipes run outside.
  • Step 3: Heat the frozen spot Open the faucets in the house. Use a hair dryer or a portable heater to warm the frozen spot. After a few minutes, water should flow freely.
  • FACT: Did you know?Umiat, Alaska, is the coldest spot in the United States, with an average temperature of 10.8 degrees Fahrenheit.

You Will Need

  • A hair dryer or portable heater

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