1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

November 10, 2008

:315 Defrosting Frozen Pipes

Take the 1:5:10:365 challenge: Do one thing – for 5 to 10 minutes – 365 days a year to make our home and planet environment better.

1:5:10:314 EcoTip:  If your plumbing does freeze – open the spigot anyway, it may relieve enough pressure to prevent the bursting of the pipe. Monitor the situation carefully so that if the pipe has burst, you will catch it quickly after the pipe defrosts. To melt the frozen plug use a blow dryer (not an open flame) and begin heating the pipe at the spigot working backwards towards the frozen point. If it starts to run from the spigot (even slowly) that will usually be enough to help melt the blockage.



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1 Comment »

  1. Take up ur hobby as ur profession

    Reply from John Banta – Thanks for your advice, it actually has been my full-time occupation for the last 20 years. By the way I looked at your website and was impressed that there are certified green plumbers in Australia. I would be interested in hearing what being a certified green plumber entails. I like the information you have at your web-site regarding tempering valves for scald prevention – so I am going to be using that as tomorrow’s 1:5:10:365 EcoTip

    Comment by hot water plumbing — November 10, 2008 @ 11:34 pm

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