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My kitchen pipe froze last night. I dont know much about stuff like this. I read using a blow dryer...is this correct? How long will it take to unfreeze? The high temp today is 22.

Do ALL frozen pipes burst? Im freaking out.
 

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Turn off the water to this faucet or to your entire house because if the pipe has a break, crack in it from freezing too hard you Will Have water spraying when it thaws! Just opening the cabinet may allow enough warm air from the rest of the house to eventually thaw it or not?
Heat rises so you may have to be below the actually frozen pipe to thaw it quicker, like in a basement of , Heavan forbid, a crawlspace! Nasty place to ever be, usually.
 

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After dealing with a freeze myself, I did use a hair dryer to thaw it out. Like Gym said, turn off the water using the valve under the sink. If you do use a hair dryer, be sure to open the faucet using with the knobs at the sink. If not, when the ice melts pressure will build up since ice takes up less room than ice.
 

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When I bought my old house to make it a haunted house, I knew that I would have to fix, repair everything here, but I didn't anticipate even the sewer line that goes out through the yard needing replacing because it froze shut!? A sewer line usually won't freeze, but this one was only buried 1/2 inch under the ground as it left the house on the North (always shaded, side) of this house. By the time it went "down" to the man hole in the parking lot, traveling 90? feet, it was still only about 2 feet under the pavement!?
THE only "Fix" was to re-route all the drainage straight out of the house going from North exit to a West exit, directly into that shallow man hole, straight -shot doing it with only 25 feet of new pipe.
 

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All frozen pipes do not always burst. Find that water valve to shut off the entire place though. If it can't be turned or there is none, getting the water shut off outside via the main valve usually buried, will be a huge chore . Your city will prob. have to do this , they will have to dig snow? and sometimes dig dirt to find it and hope that valve still works. Good luck.
 

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Turn off the water to this faucet or to your entire house because if the pipe has a break, crack in it from freezing too hard you Will Have water spraying when it thaws! Just opening the cabinet may allow enough warm air from the rest of the house to eventually thaw it or not?
Heat rises so you may have to be below the actually frozen pipe to thaw it quicker, like in a basement of , Heavan forbid, a crawlspace! Nasty place to ever be, usually.
we dont have a crawl space or basement. I looked under sink and felt but I could not find a spot that felt colder. I did open the doors though.
 

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All frozen pipes do not always burst. Find that water valve to shut off the entire place though. If it can't be turned or there is none, getting the water shut off outside via the main valve usually buried, will be a huge chore . Your city will prob. have to do this , they will have to dig snow? and sometimes dig dirt to find it and hope that valve still works. Good luck.
I am outside city limits...probably wouldn't help the digging? No snow...just cold! For nc standards at least. I will look for valve to turn off.
 

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Samie, I hope that your water pipe is buried deep enough so it didn't freeze underground. I once watched a man from the South install pipes in an outside wall that would freeze very quickly. Certain things need to be done certain ways according to the climate you live in.
Moving water has much more difficulty freezing but sometimes having a faucet drip can allow the drain pipe to freeze too.
 

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blow dryer takes forever to thaw things, when you have to sit there and hold it... get a little space heater for if it happens again. just run it on low all night with the sink doors open.

being a home owner is a PITA
 
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