Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Opelika AL
The extreme cold combined with wind chill develops a considerable danger for burst or frozen pipes. Freezing water relies on ice within the pipe, which in turn can broaden and block the line. This obstruction can develop excessive pressure throughout the system and trigger pipe failure in vulnerable places-- no matter if the pipe is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny fracture can unleash more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen pipes can trigger home damage, high repair costs and disruption of business.
Follow these plumbing tips to assist decrease the risk of freezing pipes, and to assist avoid damage and expensive repair works.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage locations to allow heat from the space to flow around uninsulated pipelines. Enable a trickle 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 severe cold because that line may 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 pipes that are exposed and susceptible 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 pipe leading into the structure to decrease pressure on frozen pipes and minimize flooding if the pipes burst.
Utilize 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 pipes are not visible, contact the specialists at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently discover slower water flow and expect frozen pipes, you ought to call a plumbing technician right away. Normally, problems like this can be dealt with prior to any damage occurs.
If you experience frozen pipes, call our Midwest Plumbers plumbing specialists, who use professional pipe-thawing devices. Call or schedule an appointment online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leakage service and utility room maintenance -- have a look at our site or offer us a ring.
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