Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Webb AL
The severe cold integrated with wind chill creates a substantial threat for burst or frozen pipes. Freezing water relies on ice within the pipe, which in turn can expand and obstruct the line. This clog can create extreme pressure throughout the system and cause pipe failure in vulnerable locations-- no matter if the pipe is made of plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny fracture can let loose more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The outcomes of frozen water pipes can trigger residential or commercial property damage, high repair work expenses and disruption of business.
Follow these plumbing pointers to assist minimize the risk of freezing pipes, and to assist prevent damage and expensive repairs.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to permit heat from the room to circulate around uninsulated pipelines. Allow a drip of cold and hot 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 might freeze.
Insulate all pipelines in unheated locations or versus uninsulated outside walls, in garages or in crawl areas. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipes that are exposed and prone to freezing.
Ensure the heat is turned on in the structure and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid Frozen Pipes
Shut off the water main leading into the structure to decrease pressure on frozen pipes and reduce flooding if the pipes burst.
Use a hair dryer to thaw the ice blockage if the frozen pipe is exposed and noticeable. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipelines are not visible, call in the experts at Midwest Plumbers.
If you presently see slower water circulation and anticipate frozen pipelines, you must call a plumber immediately. Typically, concerns like this can be dealt with prior to any damage occurs.
If you experience frozen pipes, call our Midwest Plumbers plumbing professionals, who use expert pipe-thawing equipment. Call or schedule a consultation online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leakage service and laundry room maintenance -- check out our site or provide us a ring.
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