Thawing a frozen pipe

As the weather seems to change between warm and cold throughout this year, it is a good idea to know what to do if your pipes freeze. Frozen pipes can be exposed or hidden, depending on if they are located behind a wall or in the open. If you leave your pipes to stay frozen, it can lead to bigger problems- such as them bursting. 

Thawing an exposed pipe

Using a hairdryer

This is the simplest and quickest method, although requires using an electrical appliance around ice and water. Simply aim the hairdryer at the frozen section and let the heat do its job.

Using a space heater

Another easy method is with a space heater, or anything along the lines of, to thaw the ice. Position the heater close to the frozen section, moving it along as it thaws the ice.

Using wet towels

This is a slower method but doesn't require the use of electrical appliances, so may be preferred. All you need to do is soak some towels in hot water and wrap them around the frozen pipes.

Thawing a hidden pipe

Turning up the heating

The first method to try is simply turning up your central heating by a few degrees. In a lot of cases, this is enough to do the trick. 

Removing part of the wall

If you know where the frozen pipe is, it is possible to remove part of the drywall to reveal it. When you can see the pipe, you are free to use any of the above methods to thaw it. This is a more extreme method that our team would be happy to help with.

Thawing a hidden pipe

What to do if your pipe bursts

In a worst-case scenario, a frozen pipe can end up bursting- so it is important you know what to do. You should turn off your water as soon as you realise, to prevent any further water damage. You should then call out a gas engineer for an emergency appointment. Our team should be able to get your home back up and running in record time.

Need your pipes checked out in Harwich?

We offer a range of heating services across Harwich and Dovercourt. If your pipes are frozen over and you can't thaw them yourself, feel free to get in touch! Our team are happy to help, no matter how big or small the problem. To get in touch with our gas engineers today, give us a call on 01255 714007 / 07544 395677, fill out the contact form on our website, or send us an email at We hope to hear from you soon.