Taking preventative measures is really one of the most effective ways to prevent frozen pipes during the long winter months. Ensure that the temperature inside your home remains above freezing. This can be achieved by keeping the heat on, even when you’re away, and by sealing any cracks or gaps around windows and doors. Insulating pipes that are exposed to cold air, such as those in an unheated garage or attic, can also help.
However, if your pipes are already frozen but have not yet burst, you can carefully attempt to thaw them. The most common method of thawing is by applying heat to the affected area. This can be done using a hair dryer, hot water bottles, or a portable heater. It’s important to never use an open flame, such as a blowtorch, as this could cause the pipes to catch fire.
Another preventative measure is just to disconnect and drain any outdoor hoses and turn off the water supply to outdoor faucets. This will prevent water from freezing inside the pipes and causing them to burst.