Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Green Mountain Falls CO
The extreme cold combined with wind chill produces a significant risk for burst or frozen pipes. Freezing water turns to ice within the pipe, which in turn can broaden and block the line. This obstruction can create excessive pressure throughout the system and trigger pipe failure in susceptible locations-- no matter if the pipe is made from plastic, copper or steel. Even a tiny crack can release more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The results of frozen water pipes can trigger property damage, high repair costs and disruption of service.
Follow these plumbing tips to help minimize the risk of freezing pipes, and to help prevent damage and pricey repair works.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage areas to allow heat from the room to flow around uninsulated pipelines. Enable a trickle of cold and hot water to drip overnight; however, take care not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the severe cold since 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 pipelines that are exposed and prone to freezing.
Make sure the heat is switched on in the structure and is set no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid Frozen Pipes
Shut down the water main leading into the structure to lower pressure on frozen pipelines and minimize flooding if the pipelines burst.
Use a hair dryer to thaw the ice blockage if the frozen pipe is exposed and visible. (Do not utilize an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipelines are not visible, call in the specialists at Midwest Plumbers.
If you currently observe slower water flow and anticipate frozen pipes, you must call a plumbing technician instantly. Typically, issues like this can be fixed prior to any damage happens.
If you experience frozen water pipes, contact our Midwest Plumbers plumbing experts, who use expert pipe-thawing devices. Call or schedule a consultation online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leakage service and laundry room upkeep -- have a look at our website or offer us a ring.
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