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Dealing With Frozen Pipes

In this video, This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows various ways to prevent and thaw frozen pipes

We're sure all you guys in the southwest are laughing about the fact that in certain parts of the country our pipes freeze and burst. Maybe we'll start making fun of you when your driveways melt in the summer.

Prevention is the best cure for freezing pipes. Air leaks through an outside wall suck heat away from pipes and cause the water in them to freeze. Sealing the leaks with expanding foam will go a long way towards preventing freeze ups.

When pipes are already frozen, your best bet is to use a thawing tool. An Ice Breaker from Systematics starts at around $800, but if you get lots of calls in the winter to take care of frozen pipes, these tools are invaluable.