Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Grand Junction CO
The severe cold combined with wind chill creates a significant threat for burst or frozen pipelines. Freezing water relies on ice within the pipe, which in turn can expand and obstruct the line. This obstruction can create excessive pressure throughout the system and cause pipe failure in vulnerable locations-- no matter if the pipeline is made from plastic, copper or steel. Even a small crack can let loose more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen water pipes can trigger property damage, high repair work expenses and disruption of company.
Follow these plumbing suggestions to help lessen the threat of freezing pipelines, and to help avoid damage and costly repair works.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to allow heat from the space to distribute around uninsulated pipes. Enable a drip of hot and cold water to leak overnight; however, be careful not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the severe cold since that line might freeze.
Insulate all pipes in unheated areas 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 certain the heat is turned on in the structure 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 lessen flooding if the pipes 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, call in the experts at Midwest Plumbers.
If you presently notice slower water flow and anticipate frozen pipelines, you should call a plumber immediately. Normally, problems like this can be resolved prior to any damage takes place.
If you experience frozen water pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing experts, who utilize expert pipe-thawing equipment. Call or reserve an appointment online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- consisting of water leakage service and laundry room maintenance -- take a look at our site or offer us a ring.
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