This Bathroom Staple Might Be The Easiest Fix For Those Frozen Pipes

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By wrapping a heating pad around your pipes, you’ll ensure you’re not left stranded without hot water even in the coldest of weather. Any heating pad seems to work in this situation. TikTok user @farmchaoscoordinater shared how they used their neck and shoulder heat pad on the highest setting to unfreeze the pipes by wrapping it around. They covered the heat pad with a towel for extra insulation. As demonstrated by @spadetofork, seedling heat mats like this one from Adawook are also a good option. Though these are designed to give plants the best chance of growing, the steady, controlled heat should thaw your pipes in a relatively short amount of time.

Depending on where you live and how cold it is, you might need to wrap more than one heating pad around the pipe/s to give them a better chance of unfreezing. This may speed up the defrosting process, too. Moreover, though heating pads are generally safe to use, you should check the area frequently to avoid any electrical faults or dangerous incidents. Note that using a heating pad on your pipes is not a permanent solution, and may only temporarily unfreeze them. If your pipes have been frozen for a long time or you notice any worrying signs, such as an expanded exterior, it’s best to call a plumber.

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