Red Cross urges people to thaw frozen water pipes the right way
Updated On: Jan 09 2014 04:34:35 AM CST
If your pipes should freeze, would you know how to defrost them the safe way?
One Northampton County couple said their home caught fire when a plumber went about it the wrong way, using a torch and a heater, but the couple wouldn't go into more detail because of possible litigation.
Firefighters responded to the home on Ahern Drive in Upper Mount Bethel Township on Tuesday.
For the last week, R.J. Walker Plumbing Supply has been selling a lot of material to plumbers fixing frozen pipes, said Luis Acevado, the branch manager.
“We’ve been getting plumbers throughout the day, especially in the morning," said Acevado. "Many of them coming in looking for fittings and pipe. A lot of frozen pipe out there.”
There are preventative measures homeowners can take, like wrapping pipes, but if the pipe does freeze, the American Red Cross has a few tips:
Apply heat to the frozen pipe using an electric heating pad, a hair dryer, a portable space heater, or towels soaked in hot water.
Do not try to correct the problem with a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater. Also don't use a charcoal stove or any other open-flame device.
Another item flying off the shelves is a pipe warming system.
“You want this before it freezes,” added Acevado.
If the tips provided by the Red Cross don't work, you should call a plumber to help with other options, and of course make sure that plumber is sticking to the safety tips.
Copyright 2014 WFMZ. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Van der Sloot to be extradited -- in 2038
Official: Couple who wrote apparent suicide pact had long history of medical issues
Severed animal heads found in Monroe County
Man accused of using front-end loader to assault 73-year-old woman
2 days later, no sign of missing Malaysia Airlines plane
Reward offered for veteran's missing therapy dog
Students help victims of brawl
Allentown pedestrians robbed at gunpoint
US Supreme Court: Let them wear 'boobies' bracelets
Missing plane: What we know and don't know