Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Abbeville AL
The extreme cold combined with wind chill creates a substantial risk for burst or frozen pipes. Freezing water turns to ice within the pipe, which in turn can broaden and obstruct the line. This obstruction can produce extreme pressure throughout the system and trigger pipeline failure in susceptible locations-- no matter if the pipeline is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny crack can release more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen water pipes can trigger residential or commercial property damage, high repair work expenses and disturbance of business.
Follow these plumbing pointers to help minimize the threat of freezing pipes, and to assist prevent damage and costly repairs.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage locations to enable heat from the room to flow around uninsulated pipes. Allow a trickle of cold and hot water to drip overnight; however, beware not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the extreme cold since that line may freeze.
Insulate all pipelines in unheated locations or versus uninsulated outside walls, in garages or in crawl areas. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipelines that are exposed and vulnerable to freezing.
Make sure the heat is turned on in the structure and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Shut down the water pipe leading into the structure to decrease pressure on frozen pipelines and lessen flooding if the pipes burst.
Use a hair dryer to thaw the ice clog if the frozen pipe is exposed and noticeable. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipelines are not visible, hire the specialists at Midwest Plumbers.
If you presently see slower water circulation and expect frozen pipes, you need to call a plumber right away. Generally, problems like this can be fixed before any damage takes place.
If you experience frozen pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing specialists, who use professional pipe-thawing equipment. Call or book a visit online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leak service and laundry room upkeep -- have a look at our site or provide us a ring.
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