Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Blue Ridge AL
The severe cold combined with wind chill creates a substantial threat for burst or frozen pipes. Freezing water turns to ice within the pipe, which in turn can broaden and block the line. This blockage can produce excessive pressure throughout the system and cause pipeline failure in susceptible places-- no matter if the pipe is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny crack can unleash more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen pipes can trigger home damage, high repair costs and interruption of service.
Follow these plumbing ideas to assist minimize the risk of freezing pipelines, and to help prevent damage and costly repairs.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to permit heat from the space to circulate around uninsulated pipelines. Allow a trickle of hot and cold water to leak over night; however, beware not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the severe cold since that line might freeze.
Insulate all pipes in unheated areas or against uninsulated outdoors walls, in garages or in crawl spaces. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipelines that are exposed and vulnerable to freezing.
Ensure the heat is switched on in the building and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Shut off the water pipe leading into the structure to reduce pressure on frozen pipelines and minimize flooding if the pipes burst.
Utilize a hair dryer to thaw the ice obstruction if the frozen pipe is exposed and visible. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipes are not noticeable, call in the professionals at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently observe slower water flow and expect frozen pipelines, you should call a plumbing immediately. Usually, issues like this can be dealt with prior to any damage occurs.
If you experience frozen water pipes, call our Midwest Plumbers plumbing specialists, who use expert pipe-thawing devices. Call or schedule a consultation online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- consisting of water leak service and laundry room upkeep -- have a look at our website or provide us a ring.
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