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How To Thaw Out Frozen Pipes

With the onslaught of very cold temperatures, frozen water pipes and gelled oil in an oil tank’s line have become big problems to some!  Here are a few tips from the Bangor Fire Department to keep you safe when thawing things out!

#1 – Do not use a propane torch to thaw your pipes, the Bangor Fire Department encourages you to use a hair dryer to warm up the pipes.  You can also use an electric space heater providing that you keep an eye on it and it’s far away from combustibles.

#2–Use caution when using electric heat tape.  Never wrap it around itself.  Always inspect heat tape for abrasions, cuts and bare wires.  Do not cover heat tape with insulation.

#3–Sometimes if you open a faucet just a little and leave a steady drip going this will prevent freezing.  For pipes within bathroom or kitchen cabinets, just leave the cabinet doors open.

#4–In the long run, good pipe insulation is the way to go, and of course keeping your house warm.

 

 

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