Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Sheffield AL
The extreme cold combined with wind chill produces a considerable threat for burst or frozen pipelines. Freezing water turns to ice within the pipe, which in turn can expand and block the line. This obstruction can produce extreme pressure throughout the system and cause pipe failure in susceptible places-- no matter if the pipe is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a small crack can unleash more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen pipes can cause residential or commercial property damage, high repair work costs and disturbance of service.
Follow these plumbing tips to help minimize the risk of freezing pipelines, and to assist prevent damage and costly repair works.
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. Allow a trickle of hot and cold water to leak overnight; nevertheless, beware not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the extreme cold because that line might freeze.
Insulate all pipes in unheated locations or versus uninsulated outside walls, in garages or in crawl spaces. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipelines that are exposed and prone to freezing.
Make sure the heat is turned on in the structure and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prevent Frozen Pipes
Shut down the water main leading into the structure to decrease pressure on frozen pipelines and reduce 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 noticeable, contact the professionals at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently see slower water circulation and anticipate frozen pipes, you should call a plumbing immediately. Generally, concerns like this can be solved prior to any damage takes place.
If you experience frozen pipes, call our Midwest Plumbers plumbing experts, who utilize professional pipe-thawing devices. Call or reserve a consultation online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- consisting of water leakage service and utility room maintenance -- take a look at our website or offer us a ring.
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