You have frozen pipes and, you don't know what to do about it?
If your home drain pipes are frozen, here are a few instructions that you should probably try, it might work but, if it not, then, contact a professional.
1- Turn up the temperature in the room where the frozen pipe is located. As the room warms up, so will the piping system of that location and, with that, it should help to melt the ice from a frozen drain.
2 - Pour a tablespoon of salt down in the drain and wait for about 15 to 20 minutes.
3 - Run hot water into the drain for a couple of minutes, this should work but, if the drain doesn't work...
4 - If the pipe is exposed, heat up the drain pipe using a hair dryer. As you are heating up the pipe, slowly keep moving the dryer up and down so that, it can warm up the whole extension of the pipe.
5 - With a cable machine, cable the drain frozen pipe slowly, the machine should have enough horse-power to make through the blockage. If you don't feel comfortable in doing that, hire a professional to have the job done.
Here is a different approach in how to thaw a frozen pipe.
1 - Find the area where the drain frozen pipe is located. Determine the tools and materials that you will need and, as well as, the access to the location.
2 - Turn off the water to the area or the whole house. You will want to prevent any unnecessary mess or water leakage. Besides, additional water will only make the frozen section of the pipe harder to thaw out.
3 - With a hair dryer heat up the exposed pipes and slowly move the dryer over the frozen section until it starts melting the ice.
4 - If the dryer doesn't work, then, wrap the frozen pipe in a warm cloth or a grounded, water resistant heating pad.
5 - If the pipe is not exposed but, you've determined the frozen pipe is location, use an electric lamp or a heat lamp to shine up the wall or floor area where the pipe is located.
6 - But if you have no idea where the frozen pipe is located, then, the best option is to increase the ambient temperature for the whole house and wait for a few hours if the problem persist, consider hiring a professional to take over the problem.
The above guidelines is intended to be tried on drain frozen pipes only but, remember, the information here provided is for educational purpose only, if you decided to follow the guidelines here provided, you do so, at your own risk.
Always consult a professional before attempting anything that you lack of experience of.