How To Thaw Out A Frozen Toilet


What to put in toilet to keep from freezing?

Flush all toilets to drain most of the water out of the tanks. Pour some propylene glycol (antifreeze — not ethylene glycol which is toxic and used in cars) in the tanks to mix with the remaining water and pour one pint of non-diluted antifreeze into each toilet bowl.

What happens if a toilet freezes?

The freeze could affect either the supply line or the drain or both. If the supply line to the toilet has frozen, you can still flush it once because you have access to the water stored in the tank and not frozen. However, after one flush, the tank can’t fill back up due to the frozen pipe.

Can you pour boiling water down the toilet?

Do NOT pour boiling water down your sink or toilet.

This can melt PVC piping and pipe seals, causing serious damage. In addition, using boiling water to clear a clogged toilet can melt the wax ring around the toilet, or even crack the porcelain bowl, leading to a pricey trip to your favorite hardware store.

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How long does it take for pipes to unfreeze?

If you choose to unfreeze your own pipes, how long it takes for pipes to thaw depends on whether the pipes are exposed, enclosed, or underground. It will take roughly 30-40 minutes of using a heat source to thaw exposed pipes.

How do you unfreeze pipes fast?

Use a space heater, heat lamp, or hair dryer to thaw the frozen length of pipe. Wrapping freezing pipes with thermostatically controlled heat tape (from $25 to $61, depending on length) is also an effective way to quickly thaw a trouble spot. Don’t thaw pipes using a propane torch, which presents a fire risk.

Should I turn off water if pipes are frozen?

Thaw Frozen Pipes

But if they have running water, it’s likely your pipes have frozen. Turn off the water immediately at the main shut off valve. Open the faucet so that water will flow through the pipe once the area is melted. This will help melt more ice.

Will running hot water unfreeze pipes?

Running water is much less likely to freeze than standing water. If the running water passes through or near a frozen area, it may even help thaw the ice over the course of an hour or two. If you see any cracks in any pipe, turn off the main water supply to your house immediately and close all faucets.

How do I know if my toilet is frozen?

Check for a change in temperature as you usually will be able to feel the difference between the temperature of a frozen pipeline and an unfrozen pipeline. The juncture where the two pipes come together will be the most likely spot where the toilet line has become frozen.

Did toilets used to explode?

The units were sold in the U.S. between September 1996 and December 2015. Another 17,300 units were sold in Canada. A buildup of pressure in the toilet system can cause them to explode, lifting the tank, shattering the tank, and spraying shards that can lacerate people and damage property, the CPSC said.

What temperature will a toilet freeze?

The most important thing to remember? Keep your bathroom warm! In order for a toilet to freeze like this, the water had to reach below 32 degrees—which also means that the room temperature would have to match that. “Some people will try to cut costs and not put heat in a bathroom,” Gary said.

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