Thawing a Frozen Hose Bib

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Things You'll Need

  • Rags or old towels

  • Boiling water

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

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.


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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.



Elizabeth Moore

Elizabeth Moore is a fiction author and nonfiction writer. Well versed in gardening, crafting, business and even construction, Moore has owned several businesses and worked in fields ranging from retail to real estate.