Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Northport AL
The extreme cold integrated with wind chill develops a substantial risk for burst or frozen pipelines. Freezing water turns to ice within the pipeline, which in turn can broaden and block the line. This clog can produce excessive pressure throughout the system and cause pipeline failure in susceptible locations-- no matter if the pipe is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny fracture can let loose 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 disturbance of company.
Follow these plumbing tips to help minimize the risk of freezing pipes, and to assist 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 pipelines. Permit a drip of cold and hot water to leak over night; however, take care 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 areas or versus uninsulated outside walls, in garages or in crawl areas. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipelines that are exposed and prone to freezing.
Make sure the heat is switched 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 lower pressure on frozen pipes and minimize flooding if the pipes burst.
Use a hair clothes 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, hire the professionals at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently notice slower water circulation and anticipate frozen pipes, you must call a plumbing technician immediately. Normally, problems like this can be fixed before any damage takes place.
If you experience frozen water pipes, call our Midwest Plumbers plumbing experts, who use professional pipe-thawing devices. Call or schedule a consultation online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leakage service and utility room upkeep -- take a look at our website or provide us a ring.
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