Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Jemison AL
The severe cold combined with wind chill produces a significant threat for burst or frozen pipelines. Freezing water turns to ice within the pipe, which in turn can expand and obstruct the line. This clog can produce extreme pressure throughout the system and trigger pipeline 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 pipes can cause home damage, high repair work costs and interruption of service.
Follow these plumbing suggestions to assist minimize the risk of freezing pipes, and to help prevent damage and costly repairs.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to allow heat from the room to circulate around uninsulated pipes. Enable a drip 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 extreme cold because 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 vulnerable to freezing.
Make sure the heat is switched on in the building 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 pipes and lessen flooding if the pipelines burst.
Utilize a hair dryer to thaw the ice clog if the frozen pipeline is exposed and noticeable. (Do not utilize an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipes are not visible, contact the professionals at Midwest Plumbers.
If you presently observe slower water flow and anticipate frozen pipes, you should call a plumbing professional right away. Generally, problems like this can be dealt with before any damage takes place.
If you experience frozen water pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing experts, who use expert pipe-thawing equipment. Call or book a visit online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leak service and laundry room maintenance -- take a look at our site or give us a ring.
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