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Finding Frozen Spot in Pipes

When we lived in a mobile home years ago, our water pipes were exposed under the trailer. The first year we were there we didn't know about heat tape so our pipes froze. Since they only freeze in one area, we had to find the frozen part. To find the exact area that is frozen, take a wet cloth and run along the pipe. When you see crystals form on the pipe you've found the spot. Simply turn on the tap and heat the area with a hair dryer. It will thaw the ice and the water will run again without breaking the pipe. Prevention of course is heat tape, insulation, and, if at or below freezing is expected at night, then keep the water running in all faucets slowly.


By Myst from Muncie, IN

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January 4, 20110 found this helpful

Great tip. Thanks, I'll pass it on.

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January 5, 20110 found this helpful

Wow, never thought of that. Great tip. We usually keep a light under there but it has been sectioned off and retains heat from the house now so they don't freeze like they use to.

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