It’s cold out there, and lots of reports are coming in locally about frozen pipes. With that in mind, a few safety reminders…
Experts say you should never use a torch to thaw pipes. The best way to address the problem is to prevent it from happening in the first place.
They say if you leave a cabinet door, such as the doors under your kitchen or bathroom sinks open, the warmer air in the room can circulate around pipes and prevent them from freezing.
Another tip is to leave your faucet drip a bit. Flowing water takes much longer to freeze. Only a tiny stream is necessary and will be effective.
If, despite all the precautions you take, your pipes freeze anyway, experts say before you use a space heater to thaw them, be sure to remove any combustible materials near the area where you are placing the heater, and keep it far enough from surfaces, such as building materials.
If you use an extension cord, make sure that it is heavy enough to handle the high load of a space hearter.