Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Bridgeport AL
The extreme cold integrated with wind chill produces a significant danger for burst or frozen pipes. Freezing water relies on ice within the pipe, which in turn can expand and block the line. This clog can create excessive pressure throughout the system and trigger pipe failure in susceptible locations-- no matter if the pipe is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny crack can let loose more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen water pipes can cause residential or commercial property damage, high repair expenses and interruption of service.
Follow these plumbing suggestions to help lessen the risk of freezing pipes, and to help avoid damage and expensive repair works.
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. Permit a drip of hot and cold water to leak overnight; however, be careful not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the extreme cold because that line might freeze.
Insulate all pipelines in unheated locations or against uninsulated outside walls, in garages or in crawl spaces. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipelines that are exposed and susceptible to freezing.
Make certain the heat is turned on in the building and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid Frozen Pipes
Shut down the water main leading into the structure to reduce pressure on frozen pipelines and minimize flooding if the pipelines burst.
Utilize a hair clothes dryer to thaw the ice blockage if the frozen pipeline is exposed and noticeable. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipelines are not visible, contact the professionals at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently observe slower water circulation and anticipate frozen pipes, you need to call a plumber right away. Generally, problems like this can be dealt with prior to any damage takes place.
If you experience frozen pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing experts, who utilize expert pipe-thawing equipment. Call or reserve an appointment online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leak service and utility room maintenance -- take a look at our site or give us a ring.
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