Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Section AL
The severe cold integrated with wind chill develops a significant risk for burst or frozen pipelines. Freezing water turns to ice within the pipeline, which in turn can expand and block the line. This blockage can create excessive pressure throughout the system and trigger pipe failure in susceptible locations-- no matter if the pipe is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a small crack can let loose more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen water pipes can cause property damage, high repair costs and disturbance of service.
Follow these plumbing suggestions to assist minimize the threat of freezing pipes, and to assist prevent damage and costly repairs.
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. Allow a trickle of hot and cold 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 might freeze.
Insulate all pipes in unheated locations or against uninsulated outdoors walls, in garages or in crawl spaces. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipes that are exposed and prone to freezing.
Ensure the heat is switched on in the building and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid Frozen Pipes
Shut down the water pipe leading into the structure to minimize pressure on frozen pipelines and lessen flooding if the pipes burst.
Use a hair dryer to thaw the ice obstruction if the frozen pipeline is exposed and visible. (Do not utilize an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipelines are not visible, employ the professionals at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently see slower water flow and anticipate frozen pipelines, you need to call a plumber right away. Usually, issues like this can be solved prior to any damage takes place.
If you experience frozen water pipes, call our Midwest Plumbers plumbing specialists, who utilize professional pipe-thawing devices. Call or schedule an appointment online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leakage service and utility room upkeep -- take a look at our site or provide us a ring.
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