Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Theodore AL
The extreme cold combined with wind chill creates a significant risk for burst or frozen pipes. Freezing water turns to ice within the pipe, which in turn can broaden and obstruct the line. This clog can develop extreme pressure throughout the system and cause pipeline failure in vulnerable locations-- no matter if the pipeline is made from plastic, copper or steel. Even a small fracture can release more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen pipes can cause home damage, high repair costs and disruption of company.
Follow these plumbing pointers to assist reduce the threat of freezing pipelines, and to help prevent damage and expensive repairs.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage locations to enable heat from the space to distribute around uninsulated pipes. Permit a drip of cold and hot water to leak overnight; nevertheless, beware not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the severe cold since 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 certain the heat is switched on in the building and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid Frozen Pipes
Turn off the water main leading into the structure to minimize pressure on frozen pipelines and minimize flooding if the pipes burst.
Use a hair dryer to thaw the ice blockage if the frozen pipeline is exposed and noticeable. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipes are not visible, contact the specialists at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently see slower water circulation and anticipate frozen pipelines, you must call a plumbing right away. Usually, issues like this can be dealt with before any damage takes place.
If you experience frozen pipes, call our Midwest Plumbers plumbing specialists, who utilize professional pipe-thawing devices. Call or schedule a visit online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leak service and utility room maintenance -- take a look at our site or offer us a ring.
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