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What is the best way to thaw frozen pipes and drain?

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What's the best way to thaw frozen pipes and a frozen drain in a bathtub?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Plumbing
Expert:  Rick Mather replied 5 years ago.

Rick Mather :

Rent a pipe thawer from a rental agency

This is how it works. There may be hidden damage if inside wall cavity

JACUSTOMER-uidzl4ck- :

Can i use the pipe thawer on the drain too?

What exactly does a pipe thawer consist of?

Rick Mather :

Yes any piping it works with current, clamp leads on pipe on each end of frozen area

JACUSTOMER-uidzl4ck- :

But the pipes are behind the wall and we can't get to them. What do we do in that situation?

JACUSTOMER-uidzl4ck- :

Is waiting until the weather warms up (in two days) and hoping for the best (that the pipes haven't cracked) be an option??

Rick Mather :

Well if your not home it could lead to flooding

Open walls most likely have damages with splits in them

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