Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Ardmore AL
The extreme cold integrated with wind chill produces a significant risk for burst or frozen pipes. Freezing water turns to ice within the pipe, which in turn can broaden and block the line. This obstruction can produce excessive pressure throughout the system and cause pipeline failure in vulnerable places-- no matter if the pipe is made from plastic, copper or steel. Even a small crack 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 costs and disruption of service.
Follow these plumbing ideas to help lessen the danger of freezing pipelines, and to assist avoid damage and expensive repairs.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to allow heat from the space to flow around uninsulated pipelines. Permit a drip of cold and hot water to drip over night; however, take care not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the severe cold because that line might freeze.
Insulate all pipes in unheated areas or against uninsulated outside walls, in garages or in crawl spaces. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cable televisions around pipes that are exposed and prone to freezing.
Make certain the heat is turned on in the building and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid Frozen Pipes
Turn off the water main leading into the structure to reduce pressure on frozen pipes and decrease flooding if the pipes burst.
Utilize a hair dryer to thaw the ice clog if the frozen pipeline is exposed and noticeable. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipes are not noticeable, contact the experts at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently observe slower water circulation and expect frozen pipes, you should call a plumbing right away. Generally, concerns like this can be resolved prior to any damage takes place.
If you experience frozen water pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing professionals, who use expert pipe-thawing equipment. Call or book an appointment online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leak service and utility room upkeep -- check out our site or give us a ring.
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