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How to Stop a Frozen Pipe

We asked this question to ChatGPT…

The answer wasn’t really wrong, but let’s just say it didn’t give a full picture. Before we show you what they said, I want to give you some prevention tips. Prevention is the best way to never have an issue.

  1. Leave water running
  2. Keep heat about 68 degrees
  3. Properly insulate the building

Here’s what ChatGPT suggests for handling water damage and frozen pipes.

If your pipes have frozen, here are some steps you can take to thaw them:

  1. “Locate the frozen area: If you suspect a pipe has frozen, you can check for signs of frost on the outside of the pipes or faucets. Usually, the frozen area will be near an outside wall or in an unheated area of your home”.
    • This is going to be near impossible for homeowners. The pipes are hidden behind walls so it will be hard to notice a frozen pipe.
    • Additionally, homeowners won’t notice a frozen pipe until damage happens. Only if the pipe freezes to the point the water pressure builds up and creates an opening will a home notice.
  2. “Turn off the water supply: Before attempting to thaw the pipes, turn off the water supply to prevent any water damage in case the pipe bursts”.
    • If you need to locate where to shut off the water look near the front curb. If you have a frozen pipe, and water bursts thru you’ll need to stop the water. Locate the shut off near the curb in the front of the house.
  3. “Open the faucet: Open the faucet nearest to the frozen area to allow water to escape as the pipe thaws. This will also help to relieve pressure on the pipe”.
    — yes allow the water to run to keep it from sitting still. Let the water run just a bit.
  4. Apply heat to the frozen area: There are several ways to apply heat to a frozen pipe:
    Keep the heat higher than 68 degrees.

ChatGPT also suggested the following. Most of which will not work.

  • Use a hair dryer: Hold a hair dryer a few inches away from the frozen area and move it back and forth until the ice has melted.
  • Wrap the pipe with a heating pad or towels soaked in hot water: Make sure the heating pad or towels are not too hot to the touch, as this could cause the pipe to expand and burst.
  • Use a portable space heater: Place a space heater near the frozen area to help warm the pipes.
  1. Check for cracks or leaks: Once the frozen area has thawed, check the pipes for any cracks or leaks. If you find any, turn off the water supply and call a plumber to make the necessary repairs.

If the thawing process does not work, or you are unsure about doing it yourself, it is best to contact a plumber for assistance. They will have the tools and experience to safely thaw your pipes and prevent any further damage.

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