Immediate Action for Frozen Pipes or Frozen Tanks

Frozen Pipe or Frozen Tank in EdinburghWhat to do if a pipe or tank freezes

  • Turn off the water at the main stop valve. If there is a stopcock fitted on the system side of the header tank (to stop water leaving the tank) this should also be turned off.
  • Do this even if you only suspect your pipes are frozen, as they could also have burst.  By turning off the water you will reduce the amount of water which can escape and therefore minimise damage to your home.
  • Before you start to thaw the system do what you can to protect or remove anything which might be damaged by the thawing water running from the burst.
  • Thaw the pipe using a hairdryer or hot water bottle – DO NOT USE A BLOW LAMP OR HEAT GUN.
  • Open the tap closest to the frozen part of the pipe.
  • Begin thawing the pipe from the tap side of the frozen area by heating it gently and work back towards the header tank.

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