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Thawing Frozen Pipe Behind a Wall
Preventing and Thawing a Frozen Water Pipe

Frozen Pipes Behind Walls May Require Opening and Repairing the Wall


Frozen Pipe Behind a Wall
When you find that the frozen (but yet un-burst) pipe serving the faucet is behind a wall or ceiling, you've got a challenge on your hands. You have three choices:
  • Turn up the heat in the house and wait;
  • Tear out the wall or ceiling section to get at the frozen section of pipe. Then thaw the pipe as an exposed pipe;
  • Use an infrared lamp or lamps to assist in heating the wall section in front of where you think the frozen section is located. Infrared lamps are better than regular heat lamps because they pass through the air without heating it and will direct more energy to warming the wall and frozen pipe.

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