Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Lexington AL
The severe cold combined with wind chill produces a significant threat for burst or frozen pipes. Freezing water relies on ice within the pipeline, which in turn can expand and block the line. This obstruction can create extreme pressure throughout the system and trigger pipeline failure in susceptible locations-- no matter if the pipeline is made from plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny fracture can release more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen pipes can cause residential or commercial property damage, high repair costs and interruption of service.
Follow these plumbing pointers to help reduce the risk of freezing pipes, and to assist avoid damage and pricey repair works.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to enable heat from the room to distribute around uninsulated pipelines. Permit a trickle of hot and cold water to drip over night; nevertheless, take care 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 cable televisions around pipes that are exposed and prone to freezing.
Ensure the heat is turned on in the structure 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 lessen flooding if the pipes burst.
Use a hair dryer to thaw the ice blockage if the frozen pipeline is exposed and visible. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipes are not visible, hire the specialists at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently notice slower water circulation and expect frozen pipelines, you should call a plumbing immediately. Usually, issues like this can be dealt with before any damage happens.
If you experience frozen pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing specialists, who utilize expert pipe-thawing equipment. Call or reserve a visit online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leak service and utility room upkeep -- have a look at our site or offer us a ring.
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