Thawing a Frozen Hose Bib

Frozen pipes are not only inconvenient, but also may cause major water damage and a huge expense in plumbing repairs, if not thawed properly. The hose bib is one of the more common areas to freeze, as the faucet portion is outside in inclement weather. Thawing the pipes properly can avoid further damage, restore the use of the water, and prevent costly repairs.

A frozen hose bib can burst pipes on the interior wall.

Step 1

Open the spigot handle on the hose bib. If it is completely frozen, no water will come out, but leave the faucet open.

Step 2

Wrap large rags or old towels around the pipe where the handle is.

Step 3

Slowly pour boiling water onto the cloths, saturating them. Stop to check every so often if any water trickles from the faucet. Continue to pour boiling water until water starts trickling from the faucet.

Step 4

Leave the faucet open until the water runs fully. The movement of the water inside the pipes thaws it the rest of the way.