Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Henagar AL
The extreme cold combined with wind chill creates a considerable threat for burst or frozen pipelines. Freezing water turns to ice within the pipe, which in turn can broaden and block the line. This obstruction can develop extreme pressure throughout the system and trigger pipe failure in susceptible places-- no matter if the pipe is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a small fracture can unleash more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen pipes can cause residential or commercial property damage, high repair work expenses and interruption of service.
Follow these plumbing tips to help minimize the danger of freezing pipelines, and to help avoid damage and costly repairs.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage locations to permit heat from the space to flow around uninsulated pipes. Permit a drip of cold and hot water to leak over night; nevertheless, take care not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the extreme cold since that line may 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 vulnerable to freezing.
Make certain the heat is switched on in the structure and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Shut down the water main leading into the structure to reduce pressure on frozen pipelines and minimize flooding if the pipes burst.
Use a hair dryer to thaw the ice obstruction if the frozen pipe 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 presently observe slower water circulation and anticipate frozen pipes, you must call a plumber immediately. Usually, concerns like this can be fixed prior to any damage happens.
If you experience frozen water pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing specialists, who use expert pipe-thawing devices. Call or schedule an appointment online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- consisting of water leak service and laundry room maintenance -- take a look at our website or provide us a ring.
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