Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips Mountain View CO
The extreme cold combined with wind chill creates a considerable threat for burst or frozen pipelines. Freezing water relies on ice within the pipe, which in turn can broaden and block the line. This clog can produce 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 small crack can release more than 250 gallons of water in a single day. The outcomes of frozen pipes can cause property damage, high repair work costs and interruption of service.
Follow these plumbing pointers to help minimize the threat of freezing pipelines, and to assist avoid damage and pricey repair works.
Prevention Tips for Frozen Pipes
Open cabinet doors under sinks and in storage locations to allow heat from the room to flow around uninsulated pipes. Permit a drip of hot and cold water to drip over night; however, be careful not to run the water into a drain line that is exposed to the severe cold because that line may freeze.
Insulate all pipes in unheated locations or against uninsulated outdoors walls, in garages or in crawl areas. Apply heat tape or thermostat-controlled heat cables around pipelines that are exposed and vulnerable to freezing.
Make sure the heat is switched 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 reduce pressure on frozen pipes and lessen flooding if the pipes burst.
Utilize a hair clothes dryer to thaw the ice blockage if the frozen pipeline is exposed and visible. (Do not utilize an open flame to thaw!) If frozen pipes are not visible, contact the specialists at Midwest Plumbers.
If you presently see slower water flow and expect frozen pipelines, you need to call a plumbing professional immediately. Generally, concerns like this can be resolved before any damage happens.
If you experience frozen pipes, call our Midwest Plumbers plumbing experts, who utilize expert pipe-thawing equipment. Call or reserve a consultation online. For a list of basement plumbing services -- including water leak service and laundry room maintenance -- have a look at our website or provide us a ring.
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