Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Georgetown CO
The extreme cold combined with wind chill develops a substantial threat for burst or frozen pipelines. Freezing water turns to ice within the pipe, which in turn can expand and block the line. This obstruction can produce extreme pressure throughout the system and cause pipe failure in susceptible locations-- no matter if the pipeline is made of 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 trigger residential or commercial property damage, high repair work costs and interruption of service.
Follow these plumbing tips to assist reduce the threat of freezing pipes, and to assist prevent damage and expensive repair works.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to allow heat from the room to circulate around uninsulated pipes. Permit 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 extreme cold because that line may freeze.
Insulate all pipes in unheated areas 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 susceptible to freezing.
Make certain the heat is switched on in the building and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid Frozen Pipes
Shut off the water pipe leading into the structure to minimize pressure on frozen pipes and minimize flooding if the pipelines burst.
Use a hair dryer to thaw the ice obstruction if the frozen pipe is exposed and visible. (Do not use an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipelines are not noticeable, contact the experts at Midwest Plumbers.
If you presently notice slower water flow and anticipate frozen pipes, you need to call a plumbing professional right away. Normally, problems like this can be solved before any damage takes place.
If you experience frozen water pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing professionals, who utilize professional pipe-thawing equipment. Call or schedule a visit online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leak service and utility room upkeep -- check out our website or offer us a ring.
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