If you believe you have found a frozen pipe because only a few or no drops of water come out when you turn on the faucet you need to thaw it out gently.

  • Try to find the section that is frozen.
  • Apply heat to that section of pipe using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, or by wrapping pipes with cloth soaked in hot water.
  • Do not use any open flame device.
  • Check all the other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

If you see that damage has been caused by a frozen pipe of if you can’t find or get to where it is frozen, call a professional immediately. Fortunately, most damage caused by burst pipes within the home is covered under your standard homeowners’ policy.

Once you have thawed the frozen pipe, take steps to keep it from freezing again.  Add insulation, move pipes away from exterior walls and plug openings in your outside walls where cold air is finding its way in.