Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Alexander City AL
The extreme cold integrated with wind chill develops a significant threat for burst or frozen pipelines. Freezing water turns to ice within the pipeline, which in turn can expand and block the line. This obstruction can create extreme pressure throughout the system and cause pipe failure in vulnerable locations-- no matter if the pipeline is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny fracture can let loose 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 interruption of service.
Follow these plumbing tips to help lessen the threat of freezing pipelines, and to assist avoid damage and pricey repair works.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage locations to enable heat from the room to distribute around uninsulated pipelines. Permit a trickle of cold and hot water to drip over night; however, beware not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the severe cold because that line might freeze.
Insulate all pipelines in unheated areas or against 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.
Avoid Frozen Pipes
Turn off the water pipe leading into the structure to decrease pressure on frozen pipelines and minimize flooding if the pipelines burst.
Use a hair clothes dryer to thaw the ice clog if the frozen pipeline is exposed and visible. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipelines are not visible, hire the professionals at Midwest Plumbers.
If you presently notice slower water flow and expect frozen pipes, you must call a plumbing technician immediately. Usually, issues like this can be dealt with before any damage takes place.
If you experience frozen water pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing specialists, who use expert pipe-thawing equipment. Call or reserve a consultation online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leakage service and laundry room maintenance -- take a look at our site or give us a ring.
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