Zillow Advice: Home Improvement - What do you do if you have frozen pipes? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-do-you-do-if-you-have-frozen-pipes/189060/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate That's right, a hair dryer ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-do-you-do-if-you-have-frozen-pipes/189060/ That's right, a hair dryer is a safe way to thaw the pipe.&nbsp; Using a torch will risk starting a fire. Sat, 17 Jan 2009 23:11:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-do-you-do-if-you-have-frozen-pipes/189060/ 2009-01-17T23:11:00Z This is why I moved to Arizona...you ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-do-you-do-if-you-have-frozen-pipes/189060/ <strong>This is why I moved to Arizona...you don't have to shovel sunshine!</strong> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 06:19:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-do-you-do-if-you-have-frozen-pipes/189060/ 2011-09-05T06:19:00Z Some folks may find this ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-do-you-do-if-you-have-frozen-pipes/189060/ Some folks may find this hard to believe, however has occurred in San Diego some years back.&nbsp; Here is a picture of what freezing temperatures can do to a copper fitting.&nbsp; <br/><br/><img imagetype="8" uploadtype="new" imageid="X1-IA1scaeqhj43vkh_c92g7" src="http://photos1.zillow.com/is/image/i0/i8/i9803/IS1scaeqhj2pb4z.jpg?op_sharpen=1&amp;qlt=90&amp;size=250,300"/><br/><br/><img imagetype="8" uploadtype="new" imageid="X1-IA5qelrzi2h95d_cah0o" src="http://photos2.zillow.com/is/image/i0/i8/i9803/IS5qelrzi12opv.jpg?op_sharpen=1&amp;qlt=90&amp;size=250,300"/><br/> Mon, 05 Sep 2011 05:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-do-you-do-if-you-have-frozen-pipes/189060/ 2011-09-05T05:33:00Z Why don't you just wrap it ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-do-you-do-if-you-have-frozen-pipes/189060/ Why don't you just wrap it with some heat tape.&nbsp; You can also get a moisture sensor to put on the floor in that area to alert you when it's leaking.&nbsp; Or go one step further and tie into a shut of valve, to kill the water when it senses moisture.&nbsp; I use them allot in AC condensate pans to kill the unit if the condensate line gets clogged.....Good luck Sat, 31 Jan 2009 05:49:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-do-you-do-if-you-have-frozen-pipes/189060/ 2009-01-31T05:49:00Z You can also try a space ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-do-you-do-if-you-have-frozen-pipes/189060/ You can also try a space heater in the basement. This happened to me this weekend. If you can section off the area with plastic sheeting or other materials... then SAFELY place a space heater in the area. My basement is a full height basement, so it was easy to do this. And I also used my hairdryer to speed up the process... And I left the space heater on low, to make sure it didn't happen again.<br/><br/>There are also electric pipe heaters. Similar to a "heating pad" which can be wrapped around pipes. Check with the hardware store.<br/><br/> Mon, 19 Jan 2009 20:05:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-do-you-do-if-you-have-frozen-pipes/189060/ 2009-01-19T20:05:00Z make sure he knows where ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-do-you-do-if-you-have-frozen-pipes/189060/ make sure he knows where to shut his water off. Frozen pipes often burst, but you won't know it till the water is unfrozen. If it is that cold, it is better to leave a little water running out of all suspect pipes, as running water does not freeze so easliy.<br/><br/>Or you could just move to Phoenix and go play outside in the sun, instead of hassle with winter nonsense! Mon, 19 Jan 2009 02:43:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-do-you-do-if-you-have-frozen-pipes/189060/ 2009-01-19T02:43:00Z yes, it's a pipe from the ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-do-you-do-if-you-have-frozen-pipes/189060/ yes, it's a pipe from the outside that comes into the basement. he didn't cover it. He's using a hair drying and it seems to be thawing. Thanks everyone! Mon, 19 Jan 2009 01:45:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-do-you-do-if-you-have-frozen-pipes/189060/ 2009-01-19T01:45:00Z perhaps he left his garden ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-do-you-do-if-you-have-frozen-pipes/189060/ perhaps he left his garden hose attached to an exterior hose bib?&nbsp; That's the leading cause.&nbsp; The water in the hose freezes right up into the house. Sun, 18 Jan 2009 06:33:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What-do-you-do-if-you-have-frozen-pipes/189060/ 2009-01-18T06:33:00Z