During the cold winter months it gets very common for your RV water pipes to freeze. Fortunately, there are some steps that can assist you unfreeze your RV before or during your journey.
- Space Heater or a Camper Heater
Make use of a camper heater with propane or a small portable space heater on the frozen regions of the water pipe. Since heaters can be a fire hazard, always keep an eye on the heater and never allow it alone when in use. Soon as you are done with the unfreezing process, or if you have to take a break, turn off the heater until you are ready to continue.
- The Heat Tape
Inspect the pipe to ensure it is not cracked. If you do not observe any cracks and you know exactly where the pipe is frozen, try using heat tape to unfreeze the part in your RV. Although it has the word tape in its name, heat tape is often a wire that you are able to wrap around the pipe. Soon as you have wrapped the wire around the frozen area, plug the heat tape into an outlet. This will warm up the wire, which will then warm up the pipe. Heat tape is sold in a variety of lengths and sizes, so purchase the one that fits your needs best.
- Plumber’s Torch
If you are convinced that the water pipes are made of copper or steel, a plumbers torch can be used to heat the frozen water inside the pipe. Before using the torch, inspect the pipe for cracks or breaks. When you discover the area of the pipe that is frozen, move the torch back and forth to heat it up. Be sure not overheat the pipe. Put only a small quanity of heat at a time on that area.
- Heat Gun
If you are abit apprehensive about using a torch, another great and safer option is a heat gun. Point the gun on the frozen area of the pipe move it back and forth to spread the heat evenly between the two frozen areas.
- Piping Hot Machine
A piping hot machine can equally be used to unfreeze metal pipes, and is particularly convenient if your RV is still parked in your driveway. You can rent it from a local plumbing store or purchase a brand new machine. The piping hot machine has spring-loaded clamps that you use to attach to the pipe. After making the connection, turn on the machine to heat the section of the pipe that stays between the clamps.