Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Fort Collins CO
The extreme cold combined with wind chill creates a considerable danger for burst or frozen pipes. Freezing water relies on ice within the pipe, which in turn can broaden and obstruct the line. This clog can create extreme pressure throughout the system and cause pipeline failure in vulnerable locations-- no matter if the pipeline is made of 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 water pipes can trigger residential or commercial property damage, high repair work expenses and disruption of business.
Follow these plumbing ideas to assist minimize the risk of freezing pipes, and to assist prevent damage and costly repairs.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage locations to enable heat from the room to distribute around uninsulated pipes. Allow a trickle of cold and hot water to drip over night; however, 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 pipes in unheated locations or versus uninsulated outdoors walls, in garages or in crawl spaces. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cable televisions around pipelines that are exposed and prone to freezing.
Ensure 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 minimize pressure on frozen pipelines and minimize flooding if the pipes burst.
Utilize a hair 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 visible, hire the specialists at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently see slower water flow and anticipate frozen pipelines, you need to call a plumbing professional immediately. Typically, concerns like this can be solved prior to any damage occurs.
If you experience frozen pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing experts, who utilize professional pipe-thawing devices. Call or book an appointment online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- consisting of water leak service and laundry room upkeep -- take a look at our website or give us a ring.
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