Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Tuscaloosa AL
The extreme cold combined with wind chill produces a considerable danger for burst or frozen pipelines. Freezing water relies on ice within the pipeline, which in turn can expand and block the line. This clog can create extreme pressure throughout the system and trigger pipeline failure in vulnerable locations-- no matter if the pipe is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a small fracture can unleash more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen pipes can cause property damage, high repair expenses and disturbance of business.
Follow these plumbing tips to help lessen the danger of freezing pipes, and to help prevent damage and expensive repair works.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to enable heat from the space to circulate around uninsulated pipes. Permit a trickle of cold and hot water to drip over night; nevertheless, be careful not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the extreme cold because that line may freeze.
Insulate all pipelines in unheated locations or versus uninsulated outside walls, in garages or in crawl spaces. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cable televisions around pipes that are exposed and prone to freezing.
Make sure the heat is turned on in the building and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid Frozen Pipes
Shut down the water main leading into the structure to reduce pressure on frozen pipes and reduce flooding if the pipes burst.
Use a hair clothes dryer to thaw the ice blockage if the frozen pipe is exposed and visible. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipes are not noticeable, employ the professionals at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently discover slower water circulation and anticipate frozen pipelines, you ought to call a plumbing immediately. Normally, problems like this can be fixed before any damage takes place.
If you experience frozen water pipes, call our Midwest Plumbers plumbing experts, who use expert pipe-thawing equipment. Call or book a visit 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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