"Unfortunately, a water pipe may freeze even if you have taken precautions. Perhaps you lost electrical power for several hours, the temperature inside your house fell and the pipes froze. Or maybe you left on vacation, turned down the heat and weren't expecting an early blizzard. Or perhaps your heat tape quit working, and you didn't find out until you discovered none of the faucets worked.
Whatever the cause, it's important that you thaw out your pipe for two reasons:
- You almost certainly need the water.
- You should be at home when the pipe thaws, just in case the pipe and/or joint is ruptured.
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