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The Safe And Efficient Way To Unfreeze Pipes
    No one likes dealing with unexpected catastrophes at home. A burst pipe can lead to the ultimate damage control trifecta: standing water, water damage, and mold. Rent pipe thawing equipment for a safe and efficient way to prevent these headaches from happening. The key to addressing frozen pipes is to thaw frozen areas immediately before the pipes burst. There are many at home remedy suggestions tossed around when discussing pipe thawing. These range from pouring hot water, to blasting hair dryers, and to taking extreme measures like firing up a blow torch. It is best to steer clear of these methods as they rarely get the job done and can lead to more issues. If you need an effective, quick and easy solution, try rental. Renting pipe thawing equipment will thaw frozen pipes safely and efficiently. Rental partners are easily found using the Rental Store Quick Locator above. If you are unsure about how pipes burst and what types of pipe thawing equipment rentals get the job done, keep reading.

    What will cause my pipes to burst?

    When water freezes, it expands. This puts plumbing infrastructure at risk. A pipe rarely bursts where there is ice present. Instead, frozen lines of pipe force pressure downstream, between the output and the blockage. This is where a pipe usually bursts. And it is not just areas regularly subjected to cold temperatures that experience frozen pipes. Warm climates are at an even higher risk. Homes located in regions with warmer weather are not designed with freezing temperatures in mind, and homeowners are not familiar with winterizing methods. Many warm-weather structures are unprepared, leading to blockages, burst pipes and flooded homes.

    Renting pipe thawing equipment to stop the problem before it starts

    Rental gives you the power to solve and renting pipe thawing equipment will provide you with the best option for getting the job done right.

    What is a pipe thawing machine?

    A pipe thawing machine is a portable system that heats a pipe to thaw ice blockages. This equipment allows homeowners to quickly thaw pipes indoors or outdoors without having to cut into walls or floors or dig up the foundation. Renting pipe thawing machines is a safer alternative to heat guns and various other household methods.

    Types of pipe thawing equipment

    Electrically powered pipe thawing equipment

    Pipe thawing equipment powered by electricity can provide continuous heating for fast thawing of frozen metal pipes. These units are typically lightweight and versatile. There is no need to dig up foundations or damage walls, just place the clamps to the metal pipe on each side of the frozen section and the pipe can be thawed very quickly. Benefits

    Propane powered pipe thawing equipment

    Propane powered pipe thawing equipment uses propane to heat water in the main box, and when heated, turns into dry steam, in about 10 minutes. These types of machines are very useful for worksites and homes without power because the use of a propane torch means no external power source is needed. This type of pipe thawing equipment can generate enough steam to run continuously for 15 minutes. With these tools you can thaw pipes above or below ground, which is perfect for jobs involving sewer lines or culverts. Benefits

    Best practices

    Before you rent pipe thawing equipment, review the tips below and read all manufacturer warnings and instructions. Your local, ARA-affiliated rental store professional can provide complete instructions.

    Frequently asked questions

    How long does it take for pipes to freeze? The average amount of time it takes for pipes to freeze and then burst is 4 to 5 hours if the temperature drops below 20 degrees. When pipes freeze do they burst? If not attended to in a timely and correct manner your pipes can burst when frozen. The pressure from unfrozen water between the ice and a closed faucet is the cause of bursts in frozen pipes. The use of pipe thawing equipment is a safe and efficient method for preventing these problems. Can pipe thawing be a dangerous process? Yes, especially if you are using household methods that do not involve traditional pipe thawing equipment. Renting the proper pipe thawing equipment will prevent damage and greatly decrease the danger of the thawing process. Stop a major problem before it starts and protect your home from water damage by renting pipe thawing equipment. Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your pipe thawing needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above. Related articles: Unique DIY Home Improvements Rent Safely with “Clean. Safe. Essential.”