Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Sylvan Springs AL
The extreme cold combined with wind chill develops a considerable risk for burst or frozen pipes. Freezing water turns to ice within the pipeline, which in turn can expand and obstruct the line. This blockage can develop extreme pressure throughout the system and cause pipeline failure in vulnerable places-- no matter if the pipeline is made from plastic, copper or steel. Even a small fracture can let loose more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The outcomes of frozen pipes can cause residential or commercial property damage, high repair costs and interruption of company.
Follow these plumbing tips to help reduce the threat of freezing pipelines, and to help avoid 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 trickle of hot and cold water to leak overnight; however, beware 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 against uninsulated outdoors walls, in garages or in crawl areas. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipelines that are exposed and vulnerable to freezing.
Make certain the heat is turned on in the building and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid Frozen Pipes
Turn off the water pipe leading into the structure to decrease pressure on frozen pipelines and lessen flooding if the pipelines burst.
Utilize a hair clothes dryer to thaw the ice clog if the frozen pipe is exposed and visible. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipelines are not noticeable, contact the specialists at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently observe slower water flow and expect frozen pipelines, you should call a plumber immediately. Typically, concerns like this can be dealt with prior to any damage takes place.
If you experience frozen water pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing experts, who utilize expert pipe-thawing equipment. Call or schedule an appointment online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- consisting of water leakage service and laundry room maintenance -- take a look at our site or provide us a ring.
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