Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Brookwood AL
The severe cold combined with wind chill creates a significant risk for burst or frozen pipes. Freezing water relies on ice within the pipe, which in turn can expand and obstruct the line. This clog can produce excessive pressure throughout the system and cause pipeline failure in susceptible places-- no matter if the pipeline is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a small crack can unleash more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The outcomes of frozen pipes can trigger residential or commercial property damage, high repair costs and interruption of service.
Follow these plumbing tips to help lessen the danger of freezing pipes, and to assist prevent damage and pricey repairs.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage locations to enable heat from the space to flow around uninsulated pipes. Permit a drip of hot and cold water to drip over night; however, beware not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the severe cold since that line may freeze.
Insulate all pipes in unheated locations or versus uninsulated outside walls, in garages or in crawl areas. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipes that are exposed and susceptible to freezing.
Ensure the heat is switched on in the structure and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid Frozen Pipes
Turn off the water main leading into the structure to lower pressure on frozen pipes and reduce flooding if the pipes burst.
Utilize a hair dryer to thaw the ice obstruction if the frozen pipeline is exposed and visible. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipelines are not visible, call in the specialists at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently discover slower water flow and anticipate frozen pipelines, you need to call a plumber immediately. Generally, problems like this can be dealt with before any damage happens.
If you experience frozen pipes, call our Midwest Plumbers plumbing experts, who utilize expert pipe-thawing devices. Call or book a consultation online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leak service and laundry room maintenance -- have a look at our site or give us a ring.
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