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Treat Frozen Pipes with Fire Safety in Mind

The St. John’s Regional Fire Department has provided some safety tips in the event that pipes freezing the latest bout of cold weather.

In some homes, pipes can freeze in cold weather. This can not only leave you with no water but can also lead to expensive property damage.

Below are recommended safety tips should a homeowner wish to thaw their own pipes. If your pipes freeze:

  • Shut off the water immediately. Don’t attempt to thaw the frozen pipes unless the water is shut off. Freezing can often cause unseen cracks in pipes or joints.

  • Apply heat to the frozen pipe by warming the air around it, or by applying heat directly to a pipe.

  • Never use an open flame such as a blow torch to thaw pipes. This will create a fire hazard as well as severe risk of exposure to carbon monoxide.

  • Use a certified electric heat tape on the pipe and wait for the water to thaw.

  • Use an electric hair dryer to blow warm air directly on the suspected frozen area.

  • Apply heat until water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.

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